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Peter W. Culicover and Ray Jackendoff

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199271092

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271092.001.0001

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The Grammatical Function Tier

The Grammatical Function Tier

(p.187) CHAPTER 6 The Grammatical Function Tier
Simpler Syntax

Peter W. Culicover (Contributor Webpage)

Ray Jackendoff (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the standard constructions that motivated transformational grammar in the first place, the most notable of which are passive and raising (more generally, ‘argument movements’ or ‘A-movements’). It is argued that the system of so-called A-movements, the counterpart of the manipulations of RG, is essentially confined to subject and object positions, and excludes obliques. The grammatical function (GF) tier and raising, passive, binding reflexes in the GF-tier, and ways in which CS can be mapped to syntax are discussed.

Keywords:   transformation grammar, argument movements, raising, passive views, reflexives, syntax

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