Vacuous Movement Hypothesis
SYNTAX: the hypothesis that movement is blocked unless it affects the (linear) order of the string it applies to.
EXAMPLE: this hypothesis entails that the wh-subject in who
killed her? is not moved to the specifier position of the CP (as is the standard assumption for
wh-questions), but remains in situ.
|LIT.||Chomsky, N. (1986b)|
George, L. (1980)