pied-piping


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pied-piping

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(Grammar) transformational grammar the principle that a noun phrase may take with it the rest of a prepositional phrase or a larger noun phrase in which it is contained, when moved in a transformation. For example, when the interrogative pronoun is moved to initial position, other words are moved too, as in to whom did you speak?
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Focusing on cyclic movement and certain questions connected to it, he investigates the extent to which successive-cyclic movement, partial movement, pied-piping, secondary movement under pied-piping, his own 2003 stranding generalization are amenable to a unifying treatment, and if so what role the notion of a phase might play in such a treatment.
Of the two mechanisms generally available in Present-Day English relative clauses whenever a prepositional object is relativised, preposition-stranding is the only possibility in Old English infinitival relatives, pied-piping not being available until the fourteenth century.
He identifies features of pied-piping that hold true across different languages, proposes how to account for them, and contends that counter-observations can often be ascribed to independent reasons.