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The Complementizer PhaseSubjects and Operators$
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E. Phoevos Panagiotidis

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199584352

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584352.001.0001

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The Structure and Interpretation of (Romance) Complementizers

The Structure and Interpretation of (Romance) Complementizers

(p.167) 8 The Structure and Interpretation of (Romance) Complementizers
The Complementizer Phase

M. Rita Manzini

Oxford University Press

The Romance che‐type complementizer belongs to the same morpholexical series as wh‐phrases. This chapter proposes that both as a wh‐phrase and as a complementizer, che is nominal and argumental — therefore not a functional projection (C) of the sentence. This chapter argues that this proposal optimally accounts for fine variation across Romance.

Keywords:   complementizer, left‐periphery, wh‐phrase, verb‐movement, hypothetical

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