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Linguistic Inquiry

Summer 2004, Vol. 35, No. 3, Pages 431-452
(doi: 10.1162/0024389041402625)
© 2004 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Movement under Control
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We examine the three categories of empirical argument that Landau (2003) puts forward against a movement theory of control (MTC): overgeneration cases, alleged arguments in favor of an MTC, and raising/control contrasts. We show that the problems cited either have plausible alternative analyses that leave the MTC unscathed or, in fact, are not nearly as dire for the MTC as Landau supposes. We conclude that the “standard” theory enjoys no obvious empirical advantages over the MTC and that the MTC is superior on conceptual and methodological grounds.