Prepositions as Probes

Richard S. Kayne

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    This chapter explores the relation between prepositions and movement, arguing that in at least some cases - in particular, in causatives - what is considered as the argument of a preposition comes together with it as the result of movement (or internal Merge), not as the result of external Merge. The prepositions in question are introduced above verb phrase (VP), and are paired with a K(ase) head that is also introduced above VP, in a way that may be parallel to recent work by Dominique Sportiche on determiners. The main thesis here is that some prepositions (and, by extension, some postpositions) are probes, in the sense of Chomsky's recent work. The particular case considered here is that of dative prepositions preceding subjects in French (and Italian) causatives.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationMovement and Silence
    PublisherOxford University Press
    ISBN (Electronic)9780199788330
    ISBN (Print)9780195179163
    StatePublished - Sep 1 2007


    • Causatives
    • Dative prepositions
    • French language
    • Internal Merge
    • Italian language
    • Movements
    • Prepositions
    • Probes
    • Verb phrases
    • Word order

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Arts and Humanities


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