There is something missing in NP and moving in DP

Wesley Orth*, Masaya Yoshida

*Corresponding author for this work

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This study investigates a curious Adjective-Prepositional Phrase sequence (the A-PP string) found in coordination contexts. Investigations into the distribution of this A-PP string reveal that the A-PP string is possible only in coordination contexts and is restricted to cases where N undergoes across-the-board (ATB) movement. We point out that the distribution of the A-PP string is similar to that of Gapping observed in the verbal domain. Thus, we argue that the A-PP string is an instance of Gapping in the nominal domain, and that Gapping-like strings can be produced by an ATB-movement derivation. Based on this data from the nominal domain, we make an argument supporting the ATB-movement derivation of Gapping broadly. Furthermore, this study sheds new light on the nature of N-movement within DP in English. Previous studies have argued against N-movement in English. We demonstrate that the distribution of the A-PP string depends on the availability of ATB-N-movement. In other words, if N-movement is not available in English, we cannot capture the properties of the A-PP string. Thus, this study makes a new argument for N-movement within DP in English based on the distribution of the A-PP string.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1509-1527
Number of pages19
JournalNatural Language and Linguistic Theory
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2023


  • ATB-movement
  • DP
  • Gapping
  • NP
  • Syntax

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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