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The Syntax of EllipsisEvidence from Dutch Dialects$
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Jeroen Van Craenenbroeck

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195375640

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195375640.001.0001

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Theoretical Background: Splitting Up CP

Theoretical Background: Splitting Up CP

(p.29) 4 Theoretical Background: Splitting Up CP
The Syntax of Ellipsis

Jeroen van Craenenbroeck

Oxford University Press

This chapter contains the theoretical background for the analysis of English swiping and dialect Dutch spading. It introduces and discusses a specific incarnation of the split CP-hypothesis and its interaction with the syntax of wh-movement. While simple wh-phrases move from their IP-internal base position through a lower specCP onto the higher specCP, complex wh-phrases are base-generated in the high specCP and involve empty operator movement to the lower one. The chapter ends with a brief discussion of D-linking and connectivity effects.

Keywords:   split CP-hypothesis, wh-movement, simple wh-phrases, complex wh-phrases, D-linking, empty operator, connectivity

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