1 Department of English, Faculty of Humanities, Aarhus University, Aarhus University2 School of Communication and Culture - English, School of Communication and Culture, Arts, Aarhus University3 School of Communication and Culture - English, School of Communication and Culture, Arts, Aarhus University
I entertain the idea that the cross-linguistic variation in the licensing of NEG-shift, the movement of negative objects to spec-NegP, can be accounted for by a few representational constraints that are not directly related to case licensing or feature checking, and which potentially conflict with Structure Preservation and Economy. The languages fall into three overall groups: Group 1 has NEG-shift across the main verb; group 2 has neutralization of optionality between versions with no and not any; group 3 has object in situ. When the selecting head is a preposition rather than a verb, group 1 is divided into group 1a (stranding), 1b (pied-piping), and 1c (neutralization).
Studia Linguistica, 2008, Vol 62, Issue 2, p. 182-223