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Peter W. Culicover

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780198865391

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198865391.001.0001

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A′ constructions

A′ constructions

(p.166) 7 A′ constructions
Language Change, Variation, and Universals

Peter W. Culicover

Oxford University Press

This chapter applies the theory of the preceding chapters to A’ constructions, such as wh-questions and relative clauses. The main result of this chapter is that there is a range of ways in which the conceptual ‘work’ associated with these constructions can be expressed in the correspondence between syntax, phonology, and meaning. None of them involve ‘movement’ in the classical sense, although some constructional devices do express links between constituents not in canonical position relative to their governing heads, giving the illusion of movement.

Keywords:   A′ construction, A′ movement, relative clause, topicalization, syntactic chain, gap, wh-in-situ, tough-movement

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