Insert alpha

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In generative syntax, insert alpha is an instance of the general transformational rule affect alpha. Few rules that insert material in the course of a derivation have been defended since the 1990s. Some examples are of-insertion, and post-d-structure insertion of the subject of tough-movement constructions.


Utrecht Lexicon of Linguistics


  • Chomsky, N. 1981. Lectures on Government and Binding, Foris, Dordrecht.