Tanya Reinhart

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Syntactic structure constrains the possible "coreference" relations between the noun phrases in a sentence. Since the early days of generative syntax, we have learned a great deal about the nature of these structural constraints. Much of this syntactic theorizing has been possible with only a vague and informal understanding of what it really is in semantic(More)
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covertly to be assigned wide scope is infeasible. Rather, it is assumed that they must be interpretable in situ, and that syntactic conditions like ‘superiority’ are effects of economy, which restricts overt rather than covert movement of a wh-element. The remaining syntactic problem for this line of reasoning is the putative ECP effects of adverbial(More)
1. Introduction The position in which an argument is projected is usually assumed to be determined strictly by conditions of the computational system (X-bar theory) and the LF interface (Θ-theory). We will argue that these systems, although they obviously restrict the distribution of arguments, still allow in many cases a range of positions in which a given(More)
Antecedent-contained deletion poses a problem for theories of ellipsis, a problem that, according to much literature, is solved by Quantifier Raising. The solution, however, conflicts with the copy theory of movement. This article resolves this new conflict with the aid of a theory of extraposition and covert movement proposed by Fox and Nissenbaum (1999),(More)
This article investigates the complex facts of Malay wh-questions, and suggests a theory of how Malay wh-questions fit into the typology of wh-questions permitted by a Minimalist conception of Universal Grammar. The paper examines the principles that account for overt wh-movement, wh-in-situ and partial wh-movement in Malay. We argue that the apparent(More)
The paper discusses circumstances under which locative prepositional phrases (PPs) can act as a constituting part of a directed motion event. It will be shown that there is a division of labour among different elements in a sentence to express the Path of a directed motion event and this labour can be distributed in various ways not only among different(More)
Partial wh-movement (PM) constructions have recently been the focus of investigation in a number of languages. For example, in German and Hungarian, an element described as a wh-expletive appears in the matrix Spec CP while the wh-word moves overtly to a clause initial Spec position in the lower clause: (1) Was what glaubst believe du you [ mit with wem(More)
A large literature has been devoted to the distribution of reduced forms of English auxiliary verbs, apparently just weak forms of the corresponding full auxiliaries. Limitations on their distribution appear to involve syntactic conditions, such as that they not occur in positions immediately followed by the trace of a displaced element, which would put(More)