Complex NP Constraint
SYNTAX: one of the conditions on transformations in early generative syntax:
(i) No element contained in an S dominated by an NP with a lexical head noun may be moved out of that NP by a transformation. (Ross 1967:70)This condition accounts for the ungrammaticality of (ii):
(ii) * Who did you hear [NP the rumor [CP that Mary kissed t ]]More recently, this class of facts have been analyzed as subjacency violations.
|LIT.||Ross, J.R. (1967)|