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Enoch Oladé Aboh, Maria Teresa Guasti, and Ian Roberts

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199945269

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945269.001.0001

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The Left Periphery and Agrammatism

The Left Periphery and Agrammatism

Wh-extractions in Danish

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(p.254) Chapter 10 The Left Periphery and Agrammatism
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Locality
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Anne Mette Nyvad

Ken Ramshøj Christensen

Sten Vikner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945269.003.0010

Data from a study on the comprehension of short and long extractions by four Danish agrammatic patients reveal an interesting asymmetry between subject and object extraction that cannot be explained with canonicity or with trace deletion. It is argued that three crucial linguistic distinctions are required: namely, A-movement (impaired) vs. A-bar-movement (not impaired); main clause CP vs. embedded clause CP (impaired); and subject vs. object. In simple clauses, object extraction is most impaired, whereas in embedded clauses the pattern is reversed. Together these distinctions provide an account of the inverse asymmetries resembling the *that-trace pattern.

Keywords:   subject/object asymmetry, trace-deletion hypothesis, wh-in-situ, tree pruning hypothesis, active/passive contrast, D-linking, cleft, wh-movement, A-movement, A’-movement

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