SYNTAX: condition on movement which states that movement out of specific NP's leads to worse results than movement out of non-specific NP's. This is shown by the contrast in (i) (showing wh-movement out of a definite NP) and (ii) (wh-movement out of a non-specific indefinite NP). Also known as Specificity Constraint.
(i) a *who did you see [that picture of t] b *who did you see [John's picture of t] (ii) a who did you see [three pictures of t] b who did you see [more pictures of t]
|LIT.||Chomsky, N. (1986b)|
Chomsky, N. (1973)
Fiengo, R. & J. Higginbotham (1981)