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Functional HeadsThe Cartography of Syntactic Structures, Volume 7$
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Laura Brugé, Anna Cardinaletti, Giuliana Giusti, Nicola Munaro, and Cecilia Poletto

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199746736

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746736.001.0001

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Lexical Complementizers and Headless Relatives

Lexical Complementizers and Headless Relatives

(p.29) Lexical Complementizers and Headless Relatives
Functional Heads

Paola Benincà

Oxford University Press

This chapter concentrates on a specific aspect of headless relatives as they appear in contemporary and earlier varieties of Italo–Romance—as well as in earlier varieties of English—namely the presence of a lexical complementizer adjacent to the wh pronoun. It localizes both the wh and the complementizer in the functional structure of the left periphery, and shows that their position is distinct from that of wh and the complementizer in dependent interrogatives, as they appear in many dialects of Northern Italy. This descriptive conclusion permits us to obtain a finer analysis of headless relatives and their relation to dependent interrogatives.

Keywords:   headless relatives, Italo–Romance, lexical complementizer, wh pronoun, interrogatives

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