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VP Raising

SYNTAX: movement of an infinitival VP to the right of its governing verb. This syntactic operation occurs in many German and Dutch (Flemish) dialects. EXAMPLE: 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.
LIT. Besten, H. den & J. Edmonson (1983)
Haegeman, L. (1988)
Haegeman, L. & H. v.Riemsdijk (1986)