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Re: The opposite of resumptive

From:And Rosta <and.rosta@...>
Date:Sunday, July 2, 2006, 17:21
Eldin Raigmore, On 16/06/2006 22:52:
> In the book "Word Order and Word Order Change", edited by Charles N. Li, is > an article "The Presentative Movement, or Why the Ideal Word Order is > V.S.O.P.", by Robert Hetzron. > > Hetzron's data is that in several languages the part of the sentence which, > in the speaker's possibly vague opinion, the addresse most needs to > remember in order to understand the anticipated subsequent discourse, will > be "moved" to the end of the sentence. Conversely, if that "presentative > movement" doesn't interfere, the part of the sentence which the speaker > believes is needed to "fill in the gaps" in the previous part of the > discourse will be moved to the beginning of the sentence. > > (And Rosta says this doesn't happen, but he admits he knows for sure only > about English.)
Specifically, I have been told by people less ignorant than me that in no language is there rightwards wh-movement (i.e. the sort of process that moves an element, such as a wh-word, an indefinitely long distance (especially, out of indefinitely many clauses) towards the root of the tree). --And.