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Too Heavy to Move : an analysis of heavy noun phrase shift and related

@inproceedings{Ling2011TooHT,
  title={Too Heavy to Move : an analysis of heavy noun phrase shift and related},
  author={phenomena Ling},
  year={2011}
}
Heavy noun phrase shift refers to the phenomenon where a “heavy” noun phrase (NP) is displaced to the right of its canonical position. In English, heavy NP shift most commonly refers to the object (in square brackets) being found at the right edge of the sentence, to the right of indirect objects, adverbs, prepositions, etc. (1) I gave _ to the students [presents that I had brought back from Spain]. (2) Romeo drank _ yesterday [the poison that he bought from the apothecary]. Despite the name… 

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