Structure-preserving Constraint

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Structure-preserving Constraint is a principle which states that a moved constituent may only be substituted for a category of the same type.


This principle prevents an NP from being moved to a V-position.



  • Emonds, J. 1976. A Transformational Approach to English Syntax. Root, Structure-Preserving and Local Transformations, Academic Press, New York.
  • Radford, A. 1981. Transformational Syntax. A Students Guide to Chomsky's Extended Standard Theory, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge UK.
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