On Pied-Piping: Wh-Movement and Beyond by Heck, Fabian

By Heck, Fabian

Pied-piping, the phenomenon that wh-movement could goal different types now not marked with the characteristic [wh], has quite often been thought of idiosyncratic and pathological. On Pied-Piping argues that this evaluate isn't really right. The e-book offers a compilation of crosslinguistic generalizations on pied-piping and a conception that derives them. Pied-piping is integrated right into a derivational concept of successive cyclic wh-movement that comes with input-output optimization, the operation Agree, and part conception. The ensuing conception is a step in the direction of ultimate a long-standing hole in syntactic theorizing.

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55) shag´oonich? a. ’ shag´oonich? b. think shag´oonich? c. think The main argument of Cable (2007, 2008) for the claim that wh-movement targets a feature of Q, not of the wh-word, comes from the contrast in (56-a-c). (56) tuw´aa sig´oo? a. ’ Some Theories of Pied-Piping ] x´aat ] b. REL fish c. REL Q fish 37 i tuw´aa sig´oo? happy i tuw´aa sig´oo? happy As can be observed, pied-piping of a nominal plus relative clause is possible in Tlingit as long as Q is attached outside the moved nominal, as in (56-a).

Cowper thus chooses the latter option. She also assumes that (29-b) involves a null degree head that is specified as [– WH ]. This Deg-head takes AP as its complement and blocks percolation of [ WH ] to DegP. Thus, every AP is actually a DegP (see Abney (1987), Rapp (1992); but cf. Sternefeld (2006)). This is not sufficient, though, to account for the contrast in (30-a,b). (30) a. Horace knows [ DP which children’s parents ] 3 you met t3 . b. *Horace knows [ DP Egbert’s book about whom ] 4 you read t4 .

C. think The main argument of Cable (2007, 2008) for the claim that wh-movement targets a feature of Q, not of the wh-word, comes from the contrast in (56-a-c). (56) tuw´aa sig´oo? a. ’ Some Theories of Pied-Piping ] x´aat ] b. REL fish c. REL Q fish 37 i tuw´aa sig´oo? happy i tuw´aa sig´oo? happy As can be observed, pied-piping of a nominal plus relative clause is possible in Tlingit as long as Q is attached outside the moved nominal, as in (56-a). If Q is placed somewhere within the relative clause, ungrammaticality results (see (56-b,c)).

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