Natural Language & Linguistic Theory

, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 577–636

Object positions

  • Kyle Johnson

DOI: 10.1007/BF00134751

Cite this article as:
Johnson, K. Nat Lang Linguist Theory (1991) 9: 577. doi:10.1007/BF00134751

Nominals precede other verbal complements in English. This paper argues against accounts of this fact based on an adjacency requirement on Case assignment, and proposes instead that (1) main verbs in English move out of the VP they head, and (2) nominal complements are forced by the Case Filter to “Object Shift” either to Specifier of VP or to the Specifier of a functional projection that contains VP.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kyle Johnson
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  1. 1.Linguistics DepartmentUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA