A-bar movement

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In generative syntax, A-bar movement (or A ′-movement) is movement to an A-bar position (e.g. wh-movement). As is well known, unbounded dependencies are a characteristic property of A ′-movement (Huang et al., 2009). Constructions that have been shown to be derived by A ′-movement are typically labeled as “wh-movement” structures because they are well represented by wh-interrogative constructions in English.


The term was first used in the late 1980s.


Utrecht Lexicon of Linguistics


Huang, C. T. J., Li, Y. H. A., & Li, Y. (2009). The syntax of Chinese (Vol. 10). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.