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Veneeta Dayal

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199281268

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199281268.001.0001

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Wh inside islands

Wh inside islands

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(p.199) 7 Wh inside islands
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Veneeta Dayal

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199281268.003.0007

This chapter asks whether wh in-situ can violate islands. The semantic challenge posed by pied piping of DPs/PPs, in English or in-situ languages, is discussed. One solution is to reconstruct. Another is to interpret the wh with scope over the island. Long-distance answers pairing a matrix wh with wh inside wh islands are considered. They can support the view that covert scope taking is island insensitive. Or the wh can be interpreted at the site of the island to yield a family of questions, with the list pairing the family of questions with the matrix wh. Adjunct islands raise similar questions. Either the wh inside them are impervious to syntactic constraints or there are mechanisms to interpret them locally. Single-pair vs. multiple-pair answers and their theoretical implications are discussed, as are trapped list answers. Co-ordinate structures and issues related to D-linking and scope are also discussed.

Keywords:   pied-piping, wh islands, wh in-situ, single-pair answers, multiple-pair answers, adjunct islands, trapped list answers, coordinate structures, D-linking

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