Super raising

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Super raising is a construction in which a subject position is skipped in applying Subject Raising. The result is ungrammatical.


Next to (i), which is an ordinary case of subject raising, (ii) is impossible, since the subject position taken by it is skipped in moving Vitesse to the subject position of seems.

(i)   Vitesse seems [t to win]
(ii) *Vitesse seems [that it is certain [t to win]]



  • Chomsky, N. 1998. Minimalist inquiries: the framework, MIT working papers in linguistics.
  • Chomsky, N. 1995. The minimalist program, MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts/London.
  • Chomsky, N. 1986b. Barriers, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.
  • Chomsky, N. 1981. Lectures on Government and Binding, Foris, Dordrecht.
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