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Complex <i>Wh</i>‐phrases Don't Move: On the Interaction between the Split CP Hypothesis and the Syntax of <i>Wh</i>‐movement

Jeroen van Craenenbroeck

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/9780199584352.003.0010

Series: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics

Complex Wh‐phrases Don't Move: On the Interaction between the Split CP Hypothesis and the Syntax of Wh‐movement

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This chapter starts out from a set of well‐known syntactic differences and similarities between simple wh‐phrases such as who or what and complex ones such as which boy. It translates these observations into a cartographic account of the left periphery and then proceeds to show how this new proposal is able to account for a wide range of at first sight disparate data from English, German, Frisian and (dialectal) Dutch. The final part of the chapter briefly discusses the implications of the proposal for the theory of reconstruction.

Keywords: simple and complex wh‐phrases; wh‐movement; split CP‐hypothesis; operators; clause typing

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Subjects: Semantics

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