Head Parameter Research Paper

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Before analysing the nature of movement and its effect on the Head Position Parameter in this sentence, it might be useful to look at what these terms imply in English grammar as construed by Chomsky.
Movement is a syntactic operation (i.e. it is concerned with word order rather than lexis) whereby words or phrases can change their positions in a sentence. Examples are Auxiliary Inversion (as in “Were they happy about it?”) and Wh-Movement (as in “What didn’t you understand?”). Both of these examples of Movement respond to the grammatical operation of question formation. Note that the second example, which illustrates Wh-Movement, also includes Auxiliary Inversion, since this is how questions are formed in English (exceptions are, of course, questions which do not make use of auxiliaries when the Wh-word is the subject of the sentence, as in “Who was happy about it?”).
Parameters are dimensions of grammar which vary, in binary fashion, among languages. Examples are the Null Subject Parameter, according to which a language may o may not allow for elision of a subject pronoun, and the one which concerns us here, the Head Position Parameter (HPP), which determines whether a language allows for phrases to
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This, however, is in consonance with a rule in German grammar that the finite element occupies the second position in a sentence. On the other hand, although Radford does not deal with the HPP setting for adjectival phrases in German, examples 11 and 12 (11- “Hans muss stolz auf seine Mutter sein.” For example 12, see above), which convey the same semantic value, show that adjectives may precede or follow their complements without major changes in meaning, although I have not found enough information that may account for this as a possible Movement operation of the type discussed in sentence 2

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