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Linguistic Inquiry

Fall 2002, Vol. 33, No. 4, Pages 617-636
(doi: 10.1162/002438902762731781)
© 2002 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
A Note on “Restructuring” and Quantifier Climbing in French
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Abstract

Although Modern French was originally taken to lack the “restructuring” phenomenon altogether, four different “restructuring” effects have more recently been claimed to exist in the language: en and y climbing, quantifier climbing, adverb climbing, and long movement in ‘easy-to-please’ constructions. Evidence discussed in this article shows that only en and y climbing and long movement in ‘easy-to-please’ constructions are bona fide instances of “restructuring” in French.