Prepositions as Probes

Richard S. Kayne

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    In this chapter, I will argue that some prepositions (and, by extension, some postpositions) are probes, in the sense of Chomsky’s (1998, 1999, 2001) recent work. The particular case I will take up here is that of dative prepositions preceding subjects in French (and Italian) causatives. If the conclusion is correct for these, it will carry over to dative prepositions preceding subjects in causatives in other languages, as well as to parallel cases with postpositions.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationStructures and beyond
    Subtitle of host publicationthe Cartography of Syntactic Structures: Volume 3
    PublisherOxford University Press
    Number of pages21
    ISBN (Electronic)9780197722503
    ISBN (Print)9780195171976
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2023


    • dative
    • postpositions
    • preceding
    • preceding prepositions

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Arts and Humanities
    • General Social Sciences


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