Three kinds of locative preposing
Chris Bruno
June 2016

Culicover and Levine (2001) distinguish two kinds of locative inversion in English based on their divergent behaviour in a number of syntactic tests: heavy inversion and light inversion. I bring a third kind of locative preposing — locative topicalization — into the paradigm and observe that locative topicalization patterns with heavy inversion. I give a movement analysis of these three kinds of preposing that captures this parallel by proposing that locative topicalization and heavy inversion both involve an A’-movement ‘topicalization’ step.
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Reference: lingbuzz/003596
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Published in: Toronto Working Papers in Linguistics
keywords: preposing, locatives, fronting, topicalization, inversion, syntax
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