Natural Language & Linguistic Theory

, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 349–401

Ordering and linearizing rightward movement

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s11049-006-9011-8

Cite this article as:
Sabbagh, J. Nat Language Linguistic Theory (2007) 25: 349. doi:10.1007/s11049-006-9011-8


This paper offers a novel solution to an old problem concerning Right Node Raising constructions—namely, that Right Node Raising constructions seem to involve an unbounded application of (Across-the-Board) rightward movement that flies in the face of certain locality constraints on movement generally, as well as the locality constraint on (simple) rightward movement in particular. Despite these apparent challenges, I argue in this paper that RNR constructions are in fact movement derived. I propose that the apparent unbounded nature of the movement involved in RNR follows from the simple fact that rightward movement is actually, in principle, an unbounded type of movement. I propose, in addition, to analyze those cases where rightward movement appears to be bounded as the result of a derivational constraint proposed in recent work by Fox and Pesetsky (2004) which demands that certain instances of movement be order preserving.


Rightward movementRight node raisingATB-movementCoordinationLinearizationCyclic spell-out

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsMcGill, 1085 Dr. PenfieldMontrealCanada