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Books: General Linguistics: Matushansky

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Message 1: Movement of degree/degree of movement: Matushansky

Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2003 13:09:07 +0000
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Subject: Movement of degree/degree of movement: Matushansky

Title: Movement of degree/degree of movement
Subtitle: MIT dissertation
Series Title: MITWPL
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: MIT Working Papers in Linguistics		 
Book URL:
Author: Ora Matushansky, CNRS/Universit´┐Ż Paris 8 
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In this project we examine the DP-internal behavior of degree
operators contained in attributive extended APs, specifically degree
fronting (so sunny a day) and degree right extraposition (a day sunny
enough). We argue that both processes have to do with the scope of the
degree operator, namely, that degree fronting is a diagnostic of
clausal scope of the degree operator, while right extraposition is
overt QR to the DP-internal landing site where a quantifier can be
interpreted. We first show that pre-determiner APs in Germanic
languages (so sunny a day) are moved to [Spec, NumP] only if they
contain a degree operator, i.e. an element that cannot be interpreted
in situ. We will then show that the appearance of the adjectival
projection in that position is due to pied-piping, and that different
degree operators behave differently with respect to how much material
is moved overtly (pied-piping). We then turn to right
extraposition. We will show that it can be differentiated from other
cases traditionally denoted by the same term (e.g. a professor proud
of her children). On the other hand, it has certain properties
permitting to assimilate it to DP-extraposition to the right periphery
of the vP (Heavy NP Shift) -- it has new information status and
permits stranding of the argument of the degree operator (a more
interesting problem than this). These and similar factors suggest that
right extraposition of degree-containing extended APs is overt QR of
the degree operator accompanied by more or less pied-piping. The
overall picture seems to be that QR an overt movement processes
examined for clausal projections exist in nominal projections as well
and have similar properties.

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