Minimalist Syntax for Quantifier Raising, Topicalization and Focus Movement: A Search and Float Approach for Internal Merge

  • Jun Abe

Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 93)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Jun Abe
    Pages 1-10
  3. Jun Abe
    Pages 235-237
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 239-240

About this book


This volume examines how the displacement property of language is characterized in formal terms under the Minimalist Program and to what extent this proposed characterization of it can explain relevant displacement properties. The birth of the Principles and Parameters Approach makes it possible to simplify transformational rules so radically as to be reduced to the single rule Move. The author proposes that Move, as conceived as a special case of Merge, named internal Merge, under the Minimalist Program requires two prerequisite operations: one is to “dig” into a structure to find a target of Merge, called Search, and the other is to make this target reach the top of the structure, called Float. The author argues that these two different operations are constrained by “minimal computation.” Due to the nature of how they apply, these operations are constrained by this economy condition in such a way that Search must be minimal and Float obeys Minimize chain links, which requires that this operation cannot skip possible landing sites. The author demonstrates that this mechanism of minimal Search and Float deals with a variety of phenomena that involve quantifier raising, such as rigidity effects of scope interaction, the availability of cumulative readings of plural relation sentences and pair-list readings of multiple wh-questions. Also demonstrated in this volume is that the same mechanism properly captures the locality effects of topicalization, focus movement, and ellipsis with contrastive focus.


Internal merge Minimal search Minimize chain links Quantifier raising Japanese Multiple Wh-Questions Mechanism of Search and Float for Internal Merge Covert Wh-Movement Licensing [S-Focus] Features

Authors and affiliations

  • Jun Abe
    • 1
  1. 1.TomiyaJapan

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-47303-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-47304-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-4670
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-0358
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