VP raising

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VP raising is the movement of an infinitival VP to the right of its governing verb. This syntactic operation occurs in many German and Dutch (Flemish) dialects.


In Flemish, VP raising results in the structure in (i)b, given the d-structure in (i)a.

(i) a  da Jan [VP Marie nen boek geven] wilt]
       that Jan   Marie a book   give   wants
       'that Jan wants to give Marie a book'
    b  da Jan ti wilt [VP Marie nen boek geven]i 

VP Raising is distinguished from extraposition, because it is triggered by verbs that also trigger Verb raising, and because it induces IPP.



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  • Haegeman, L. & H. v.Riemsdijk 1986. Verb Projection Raising,Scope, and the Typology of Rules Affecting Verbs, Linguistic Inquiry 17, 417-466, .
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