Empty operator

From Glottopedia
Revision as of 16:49, 13 February 2009 by Wohlgemuth (talk | contribs) (utrecht)
(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Empty operator is an Operator without phonological content.


in (i) the 'implicit relative pronoun' is an empty operator binding the variable t.

(i) the man [CP Oi [IP you fired ti yesterday]]

An empty operator has also been postulated for Parasitic gap constructions and Tough-movement constructions.


Utrecht Lexicon of Linguistics


  • Chomsky, N. 1982. Some concepts and consequences of the theory of government and binding, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.
  • Haegeman, L. 1991. Introduction to Government and Binding Theory, Oxford, Blackwell.