SYNTAX: movement of a verb to a c-commanding head position, e.g. I ( INFL) and C ( COMP). In many languages the verb moves to I to pick up morphological inflection ( tense and/or agreement). EXAMPLE: in Dutch (i) the uninflected verb kus is moved to I, and adjoined to it, to pick up the affix -t, and the resulting complex subsequently moves to COMP.
(i) a [CP [C' e [IP Jan [I' [VP Margriet kus ] [I -t] ] ] ] ] b [CP [C' [I [V kus]k [I -t]]j [IP Jan [I' [VP Margriet tk] tj ] ] ] ]An alternative to (i) is the movement of a fully inflected verb to (and possibly substituting for) an empty I position in order to 'check' the tense and/or agreement features. Verb movement is sometimes called 'verb raising' in distinction to the lowering of the I to the V-position (e.g. in English). Verb movement is an instance of head movement. A special case of verb movement is Verb raising.
|LIT.||Belletti, A. (1991)|
Pollock, J.-Y. (1989)