Peters, Hugues M.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Modern Languages and Literatures
Raising and negative quantification in French
Generative Grammar in Geneva
Date of Publication
Set within the minimalist program framework, argues that the contrast between argument type raising of negative quantifiers and long distance preposing of negative adverbials in French receives a straightforward explanation once minimalist assumptions, as well as adequate assumptions on negation and on the structure of CP are adopted. Proposes that a tensed verb in French potentially endowed with polarity features that must be eliminated before LF, and assumes that negative quantifiers and adverbs are potentially endowed with inherent features of negation capable of checking the negative features of the verb. As far as the structure of CP is concerned, adopts Rizzi (1997) hypothesis of a complex CP that contains a unique Focus projection. The contrast ultimately reduces to the elimination or not of intermediate trace of argument movement and to the delaying of the checking weak features until LF.....