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The Syntax of EllipsisEvidence from Dutch Dialects$
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Jeroen Van Craenenbroeck

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195375640

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195375640.001.0001

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Theoretical Background: Splitting Up CP

Theoretical Background: Splitting Up CP

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(p.29) 4 Theoretical Background: Splitting Up CP
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The Syntax of Ellipsis
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Jeroen van Craenenbroeck

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195375640.003.0004

This chapter contains the theoretical background for the analysis of English swiping and dialect Dutch spading. It introduces and discusses a specific incarnation of the split CP-hypothesis and its interaction with the syntax of wh-movement. While simple wh-phrases move from their IP-internal base position through a lower specCP onto the higher specCP, complex wh-phrases are base-generated in the high specCP and involve empty operator movement to the lower one. The chapter ends with a brief discussion of D-linking and connectivity effects.

Keywords:   split CP-hypothesis, wh-movement, simple wh-phrases, complex wh-phrases, D-linking, empty operator, connectivity

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