chapter  Eighteen
Scope and Optionality: Comments on the Chapters on WH-Movement and Quantification
ByJohn Whitman
Pages 10

Recent research has suggested that syntactic operations that are obligatory prior to the level of Phonetic Form are uniformly forced by morphological factors. Prime examples are operations such as verb raising to inflection in Romance and NP-movement, The former is forced by the need to support inflectional morphology, the latter by a need for Case in the surface syntax. Absent such essentially morphological requirements, the "procrastinate" principle (Chomsky, 1992) dictates that transformational operations are abstract, that is, delayed to the level of Logical Form (LF).