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Linguistic Inquiry

Fall 2003, Vol. 34, No. 4, Pages 640-649
(doi: 10.1162/ling.2003.34.4.640)
© 2003 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Notes on Long Adverbial Fronting in English and the Left Periphery
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Abstract

The purpose of this squib is to show that in addition to the generallyaccepted distinction between fronted adjuncts and fronted arguments, we need to introduce a further distinction between fronted adjuncts resulting from long-distance movement and those resulting from short-distance movement (hereafter, short and long fronted adjuncts). It turns out that, distributionally, long fronted adjuncts are in many respects more like fronted arguments than like short fronted adjuncts. I will first show the need for making this distinction on the basis of English data and then provide some comparative data in support.