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Portuguese Relative Clauses in Synchrony and Diachrony$
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Adriana Cardoso

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198723783

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198723783.001.0001

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Remnant-internal relativization

Remnant-internal relativization

(p.50) 2 Remnant-internal relativization
Portuguese Relative Clauses in Synchrony and Diachrony

Adriana Cardoso

Oxford University Press

Chapter 2 investigates a specific configuration (dubbed “remnant-internal relativization”) in which the head noun and some modifier/complement related to it appear discontinuously (as in the so-called split or discontinuous noun phrases). It is argued that the analysis of remnant-internal relativization is of particular interest from the theoretical and diachronic point of view. Theoretically it can illuminate the long-standing debate between the right adjunction and the head raising analyses of RRCs, providing evidence in favor of the latter. From a diachronic perspective, it is argued that the loss of remnant-internal relativization with the modifier/complement in the left periphery of the Portuguese relative clauses might be due to a restriction on movement that emerges inside the DP, which blocks the extraction of the modifier/complement to a left peripheral position.

Keywords:   RRCs, split noun phrases, discontinuous noun phrases, phrasal discontinuity, adjunction analysis, raising analysis, Portuguese

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