QUOTATIVE INVERSION

@article{Collins1997QUOTATIVEI,
  title={QUOTATIVE INVERSION},
  author={Chris Collins and Phil Branigan},
  journal={Natural Language \& Linguistic Theory},
  year={1997},
  volume={15},
  pages={1-41}
}
Sentences in which a direct speech complement to a verb of saying is preposed or postposed can trigger inversion of the subject and the finite verb. This structure is analysed in a minimalist framework, leading to a revision of the minimalist theory of locality constraints on movement.Evidence is presented to show that the subject remains in Spec-V andthe verb raises to Agro in quotative inversion sentences.The dirett speech constituent at the periphery of the clause is shownto control an empty… 

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