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Linguistic Inquiry

Winter 1998, Vol. 29, No. 1, Pages 113-125
(doi: 10.1162/002438998553671)
© 1998 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Have/Be Raising, Move F, and Procrastinate
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This article proposes a simple modification to Chomsky's (1995:chap. 4) account of Move F(eature): that this operation is able to occur before Spell-Out. This idea has numerous potential consequences. Two theoretical consequences are explored here: that Move F corresponds to weak features and Move Category to strong features, and that Procrastinate is not required. The empirical motivation for overt Move F comes from English have/be raising; it is argued that the auxiliaries are simple feature bundles moved as free riders with the overtly moved (weak) V-feature.