This major contribution to modern syntactic theory elaborates a principles-and-parameters framework in which the differences and similarities among languages with respect to WH-questions can be captured. Move alpha is part of an overall program, initiated by Noam Chomsky, to create a global theory in which the entire transformational component can be reduced to a single process, Move a. Lasnik and Saito are concerned particularly with bounding requirements on movement (Subjacency) and proper government requirements on traces (the Empty Category Principle).
Current Studies in Linguistics No. 22
About the Authors
Howard Lasnik is a Professor at the University of Connecticut.
Mamoru Saito is an Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut.