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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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Nested Interrogatives and the Locus of Wh

Nested Interrogatives and the Locus of Wh

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(p.200) 9 Nested Interrogatives and the Locus of Wh
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The Complementizer Phase
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Omer Preminger

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584352.003.0009

This chapter discusses the behavior of certain wh‐island‐violating (but felicitous) constructions in Hebrew, which exhibit two interesting characteristics: superiority effects, and a sensitivity to the distinction between short vs. long wh‐movement. This chapter proposes an analysis based on the assumption that in Hebrew, the relevant wh‐feature resides on a head lower than C0, but CP is still equipped with a single specifier position that can be utilized for successive‐cyclic wh‐movement. The proposal is supported by the existence of independent cases of A′‐movement to a position below the overt complementizer in Hebrew.

Keywords:   wh‐movement, islands, superiority, nested interrogatives, Hebrew

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