UCL Working Papers in Linguistics 13 (2001)

Don’t move!



We consider head-movement, A-movement, and A-movement. We argue that of these three kinds of apparent movement, only head-movement exhibits displacement in any real sense, and that all three kinds of structure are made available directly by Merge. Merge itself is no longer implicitly restricted to function argument application, but is enriched to include other combinatorial operations derived from Combinatory Categorial Grammar. We argue that the re-interpretation of ‘movement’ is not only possible, but desirable on empirical and conceptual grounds. We further consider why natural language should exhibit these apparent displacements.

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