S-Space Language Education Institute (언어교육원) Language Research (어학연구) Language Research (어학연구) Volume 40 Number 1/4 (2004)
Case, the EPP and Syntactic Markedness in the Locative Inversion Construction of English
- Cho, Sungeun; Park, Myung-Kwan
- Issue Date
- 서울대학교 언어교육원
- 어학연구, Vol.40 No.2, pp. 429-450
- Focusing on locative inversion, this paper explores data which have the same propositional meaning but show differences in non-propositional ways. A particular concern of this study is the correlation between the presence (or absence) of movement and interpretation. We propose that a movement operation can change the information structure of the moved element, advancing these following key points: (i) We have to allow for EPP-wise strong and weak marking of Nominative NPs and argument PPs when Agree applies. (ii) EPP-wise strong and weak marking of the Goal in the course of Agree operation yields different interpretations in the interpretive component. (i ii) In particular, strong Nominative Case-marked NPs which move to Spec of T are interpreted as either old or new information in the interpretive component while the weak ones which stay in their base-generated position are interpreted as new information. (iv) Unlike strong Nominative NPs, strong PPs which move to Spec of T are interpreted as old information in the interpretive component while the weak ones which stay in-situ are interpreted as either old or new information.