author={Chris Collins and Phil Branigan},
  journal={Natural Language \& Linguistic Theory},
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… Expand
Alignment in Syntax: Quotative Inversion in English
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Abstract This paper analyzes English “wh-slifting” sentences (for example, How old is she do you think). We argue that these sentences are not scope-marking constructions nor are they derived byExpand
Parenthetical reporting clauses in the history of English: the development of quotative inversion
  • A. Cichosz
  • Mathematics
  • English Language and Linguistics
  • 2018
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