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The Structure and Interpretation of (Romance) Complementizers

M. Rita Manzini

in The Complementizer Phase

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199584352
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594526 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584352.003.0008

Series: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics

The Structure and Interpretation of (Romance) Complementizers

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The Romance che‐type complementizer belongs to the same morpholexical series as wh‐phrases. This chapter proposes that both as a wh‐phrase and as a complementizer, che is nominal and argumental — therefore not a functional projection (C) of the sentence. This chapter argues that this proposal optimally accounts for fine variation across Romance.

Keywords: complementizer; left‐periphery; wh‐phrase; verb‐movement; hypothetical

Chapter.  11960 words. 

Subjects: Semantics

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