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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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Wh-Movement as Topic Movement *

Wh-Movement as Topic Movement *

(p.55) Wh-Movement as Topic Movement*
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Günther Grewendorf

Oxford University Press

This chapter on different types of wh-items in German varieties shows that some complex wh-phrases behave as Topics, some of which have operator status. There is a scale with respect to the operator properties of wh-items, with what being a pure operator, while wh-items including a restrictor have Topic-like properties. The detailed empirical observations contained in this work can only be accounted for inside a cartographic approach to the left periphery.

Keywords:   wh-items, German, topics, wh-elements, wh-phrases

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