Notes on <i>Wh</i> In Situ in French*

Ur Shlonsky

in Functional Heads

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199746736
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949519 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax

Notes on Wh In Situ in French*

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This chapter deals with wh-in situ constructions in French and argues that no overt movement is involved. In this respect, sentences with wh-in situ are not hidden clefts and do not involve movement to the low VP peripheral focus position. They instead involve covert movement to SpecCP, implemented as feature movement, which explains their selective sensitivity to intervention effects. The chapter also discusses a typical subject-object asymmetry in that wh-in situ is barred from the subject position, as a consequence of Criterial Freezing.

Keywords: French; in-situ constructions; SpecCP; subject position

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Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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