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Maekawa, Takafumi: Negative Inversion Constructions in HPSG

The major analyses of the negative inversion (NI) constructions in the Minimalist/Principles-and-Parameters theory claim that the initial negative expression occupies [Spec,FocP]. In this paper, I argue that there is a body of data which are problematic for the Minimalist/Principles-and-Parameters analyses but that HPSG can provide a fairly straightforward account of the facts. The use of hierarchically organised network of clausal types allows us to accommodate not just the construction-specific properties of NI sentences but also the regularities that they share with other constructions with subject-auxiliary inversion.

Maintained by Stefan Müller

Created: October 15, 2012
Last modified: October 24, 2013

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