Double Fronting in Bavarian Left Periphery

Günther Grewendorf

in Beyond Functional Sequence

Published in print May 2015 | ISBN: 9780190210588
Published online October 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190210618 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax

Double Fronting in Bavarian Left Periphery

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This paper deals with specific properties of the left periphery in Bavarian, a Southern dialect of German that allows doubly filled COMP in embedded clauses. It investigates the phenomenon of double fronting, which represents a specific kind of extraction from an embedded clause (“Bavarian extraction” [BE]) that is only licensed if the clause has undergone fronting to the left periphery. In addition to the gap in the fronted embedded clause, a further gap may be licensed in this construction that represents a position in the matrix clause. The paper provides answers to the following questions: (1) Is the target position of BE in the embedded or in the matrix clause? (2) What motivates BE and why is clausal fronting required? (3) What are the properties of the gap in the matrix clause and how is this gap licensed? (4) Why is BE from wh-clauses with complex wh-elements disallowed?

Keywords: bavarian extraction; left periphery; functional categories; phases; topic drop

Chapter.  6076 words. 

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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