Nested Interrogatives and the Locus of <i>Wh</i>

Omer Preminger

in The Complementizer Phase

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199584352
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594526 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics

Nested Interrogatives and the Locus of Wh

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This chapter discusses the behavior of certain wh‐island‐violating (but felicitous) constructions in Hebrew, which exhibit two interesting characteristics: superiority effects, and a sensitivity to the distinction between short vs. long wh‐movement. This chapter proposes an analysis based on the assumption that in Hebrew, the relevant wh‐feature resides on a head lower than C0, but CP is still equipped with a single specifier position that can be utilized for successive‐cyclic wh‐movement. The proposal is supported by the existence of independent cases of A′‐movement to a position below the overt complementizer in Hebrew.

Keywords: wh‐movement; islands; superiority; nested interrogatives; Hebrew

Chapter.  11324 words. 

Subjects: Semantics

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