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The Complementizer PhaseSubjects and Operators$
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E. Phoevos Panagiotidis

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199584352

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584352.001.0001

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The Structure and Interpretation of (Romance) Complementizers

The Structure and Interpretation of (Romance) Complementizers

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(p.167) 8 The Structure and Interpretation of (Romance) Complementizers
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The Complementizer Phase
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M. Rita Manzini

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584352.003.0008

The Romance che‐type complementizer belongs to the same morpholexical series as wh‐phrases. This chapter proposes that both as a wh‐phrase and as a complementizer, che is nominal and argumental — therefore not a functional projection (C) of the sentence. This chapter argues that this proposal optimally accounts for fine variation across Romance.

Keywords:   complementizer, left‐periphery, wh‐phrase, verb‐movement, hypothetical

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