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Academic Paper

Title: Wh-in-situ Constructions: Syntax and/or phonology?
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Author: Lara Reglero
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Institution: Florida State University
Linguistic Field: Phonology; Syntax
Abstract: In this paper I have shown that the defining properties of wh-in-situ constructions in spanish (nonneutral word order and the SFR)can be derived from their phonological properties. To be more precise, in situ wh-phrases in spanish need to be last within their intonational phrase. Using Stjepanović’s (1999, 2003) system as a tool, I have accounted for this property. In situ wh-phrases/L/appear in this position as a result of the joint work of the stress assignment algorithm (Zubizarreta (1998)) and the Copy Theory of movement. My analysis has proven successful in offering a unified account of wh-in-situ in Spanish . Furthermore, I have been able to offer an account of the crosslinguistic/L/differences between Spanish, French and English wh-in-situ constructions.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed

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