Smuggling in syntax

Adriana Belletti, Chris Collins

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    One of the fundamental properties of human language is movement, where a constituent moves from one position in a sentence to another position. Syntactic theory has long been concerned with properties of movement, including locality restrictions. This work investigates how different movement operations interact with one another, focusing on the special case of smuggling. The contributions in this volume each describe different areas where smuggling derivations play a role, including passives, causatives, adverb placement, the dative alternation, the placement of measure phrases, wh-in-situ and word order in ergative languages. Other issues addressed in the volume include the freezing constraint on movement and the acquisition of smuggling derivations by children.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    PublisherOxford University Press
    Number of pages355
    ISBN (Electronic)9780197509869
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


    • Criterial freezing
    • Freezing
    • Locality
    • Remnant movement
    • Smuggling

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Arts and Humanities
    • General Social Sciences


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