Proper Binding Condition

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A syntactic condition that movement must target a c-commanding position.


√ calf as the head of the object NP can move to HAVE because movement is known to obey the Proper Binding Condition. In (i), V c-commands N, so the nominal root may move to the light verb as desired.

 (i)		VP
                / \
               /   \
 	      V     NP
              |     |
 	      |     N'
              |     |
 	      |     N
              |     |
            HAVE   √calf


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