Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Movement and Silence$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Richard S. Kayne

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195179163

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179163.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 28 March 2020

On the Left Edge in UG

On the Left Edge in UG

A Reply to McCloskey

Chapter:
(p.50) 2 On the Left Edge in UG
Source:
Movement and Silence
Author(s):

Richard S. Kayne (Contributor Webpage)

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179163.003.0002

This chapter explores the debate concerning leftward versus rightward movements in the context of a proposal by James McCloskey concerning Irish. It is argued that, by bringing in considerations from Amharic and from certain English focus constructions, McCloskey's Irish data are compatible with a theory of universal grammar (UG) in which no rightward movement of any kind is countenanced. McCloskey suggested that the UG theory should countenance a class of rightward movements applying in the derivation of phonological form (PF) representations. As he notes, this might be compatible with the antisymmetry proposal by Kayne if that proposal were taken to hold only for “narrow” syntax. Whether McCloskey's suggestion would lead to a minor or to a major decrease in the restrictiveness of the characterization of UG is not easy to say.

Keywords:   universal grammar, James McCloskey, leftward movements, rightward movements, Irish language, phonological form, sentences

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .