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Linguistic Inquiry

Winter 2016, Vol. 47, No. 1, Pages 127-146
(doi: 10.1162/LING_a_00206)
© 2016 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Rightward DP-Movement Licenses Parasitic Gaps: A Reply to Postal 1994
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Abstract

This article argues against the conclusion in Postal 1994 that there are no instances of parasitic gap licensing by the rightward displacement of a DP. The evidence presented in Postal 1994 allows us to conclude only that right node raising is able to target adjunction structures when a parasitic gap derivation is otherwise blocked. Three cases are then provided to support the argument that, in principle, both parasitic gap licensing and right node raising can target adjunction structures.