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Title: Control as Movement
Written By: Cedric Boeckx
Norbert Hornstein
Jairo Nunes
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics (No. 126)

The Movement Theory of Control (MTC) makes one major claim: that control
relations in sentences like 'John wants to leave' are grammatically
mediated by movement. This goes against the traditional view that such
sentences involve not movement, but binding, and analogizes control to
raising, albeit with one important distinction: whereas the target of
movement in control structures is a theta position, in raising it is a
non-theta position; however the grammatical procedures underlying the two
constructions are the same. This book presents the main arguments for MTC
and shows it to have many theoretical advantages, the biggest being that it
reduces the kinds of grammatical operations that the grammar allows, an
important advantage in a minimalist setting. It also addresses the main
arguments against MTC, using examples from control shift, adjunct control,
and the control structure of 'promise', showing MTC to be conceptually,
theoretically, and empirically superior to other approaches.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9780511786327
Pages: 272
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