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Query Details

Query Subject:   The Typology of Island Constraints
Author:   Inbal Arnon
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Syntax

Query:   I am part of a research group that is investigating island constraints and
their relation to processing difficulty. We are currently gathering
information about cross-linguistic differences in island constraints and
the effects of finiteness, lexical choice (e.g. bridge verbs), etc. on
extraction difficulty, e.g. contrasts like: ( >/ = `at least as acceptable as')

Which book were they wondering whether or not to read? >/
Which book were they wondering whether or not they should read? >/
Which book were they wondering whether or not he had read?

Which symphony did Schubert die before finishing? >
Which symphony did Schubert die before he finished?

We'd welcome pointers to relevant data from any language or literature
discussing cross-linguistic differences in island phenomena. We're
interested in cross-linguistic variation of all sorts, including subjacency
or superiority effects, violations of the coordinate structure constraint, left
branch condition, etc.
LL Issue: 16.414
Date posted: 10-Feb-2005


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