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<i>Wh</i>-Movement as Topic Movement*

Günther Grewendorf

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/9780199746736.003.0004

Series: Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax

Wh-Movement as Topic Movement*

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This chapter on different types of wh-items in German varieties shows that some complex wh-phrases behave as Topics, some of which have operator status. There is a scale with respect to the operator properties of wh-items, with what being a pure operator, while wh-items including a restrictor have Topic-like properties. The detailed empirical observations contained in this work can only be accounted for inside a cartographic approach to the left periphery.

Keywords: wh-items; German; topics; wh-elements; wh-phrases

Chapter.  5481 words. 

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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