Head movement with semantic effects: Aspectual verb raising in Cantonese

Tommy Tsz-Ming Lee


This paper argues that head movement is an operation available in Narrow Syntax (contra Chomsky 2000, i.a.). It provides independent support to a line of research which suggests that head movement can impose interpretive effects. The novel evidence comes from Cantonese aspectual verbs and their interaction with other quantificational elements. I argue that aspectual verbs such as hoici ‘begin’ can undergo head movement, which can enrich the scope possibility of the verb.


head movement; semantic effects; verb raising; Scope Economy

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.3765/plsa.v4i1.4510

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