Incomplete Category Fronting

A Derivational Approach to Remnant Movement in German

  • Gereon Müller

Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 42)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Gereon Müller
    Pages 1-28
  3. Gereon Müller
    Pages 29-103
  4. Gereon Müller
    Pages 105-139
  5. Gereon Müller
    Pages 141-211
  6. Gereon Müller
    Pages 213-293
  7. Gereon Müller
    Pages 295-321
  8. Gereon Müller
    Pages 323-324
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 325-342

About this book


Incomplete Category Fronting is a detailed investigation of the syntax of incomplete category fronting in German, carried out from a cross-linguistic perspective. The study presents a wealth of empirical evidence involving unbound traces created by remnant topicalization, wh-movement, scrambling, left dislocation, and extraposition. Four characteristic properties of remnant movement are identified that pose severe problems for a representational movement theory. It is argued that these properties can be fruitfully addressed on the basis of Chomsky's minimalist program, and that they follow from a derivational movement theory that incorporates the Barriers Condition, the Strict Cycle Condition, Fewest Steps, Last Resort, and the Minimal Link Condition but completely dispenses with surface filters. Incomplete Category Fronting provides an empirical underpinning for the minimalist program and presents a powerful argument for a derivational theory of grammar.
Audience: Incomplete Category Fronting will interest all linguists working on theoretical syntax, Germanic syntax or the syntax-semantics interface.


Derivation Extraposition Index Scrambling Syntax grammar semantic semantics

Authors and affiliations

  • Gereon Müller
    • 1
  1. 1.University of TübingenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4941-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-1864-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-4670
  • Buy this book on publisher's site