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Linguistic Inquiry

Winter 2000, Vol. 31, No. 1, Pages 123-140
(doi: 10.1162/002438900554316)
© 2000 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Raising Analysis of Relative Clauses: A Reply to Borsley
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Borsley (1997) criticizes the raising analysis of relative clauses revived by Kayne (1994) in the framework of antisymmetry theory. Most of his remarks concern the analysis of English headed relative clauses.

This article presents a revised version of Kayne's proposal that provides an answer to these criticisms. It is argued that the raising approach is indeed tenable and that the analysis of this empirical domain is fully consistent with the restrictiveness of the antisymmetry theory.