<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:

Series: Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax

Wh-Movement as Topic Movement*

More Like This

Show all results sharing this subject:

  • Grammar, Syntax and Morphology


Show Summary Details


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

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.