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Lexical Complementizers and Headless Relatives

Paola Benincà

in Functional Heads

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199746736
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949519 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746736.003.0002

Series: Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax

Lexical Complementizers and Headless Relatives

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This chapter concentrates on a specific aspect of headless relatives as they appear in contemporary and earlier varieties of Italo–Romance—as well as in earlier varieties of English—namely the presence of a lexical complementizer adjacent to the wh pronoun. It localizes both the wh and the complementizer in the functional structure of the left periphery, and shows that their position is distinct from that of wh and the complementizer in dependent interrogatives, as they appear in many dialects of Northern Italy. This descriptive conclusion permits us to obtain a finer analysis of headless relatives and their relation to dependent interrogatives.

Keywords: headless relatives; Italo–Romance; lexical complementizer; wh pronoun; interrogatives

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Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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