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Nov 8
17:00 - 18:30
Selective Spell-out and Scope Assignment
Centre for Language and Linguistics Invited Talk
Dr Norman Yeo (University of York)

Abstract: Wh-movement is key component of a language's question formation strategy. It is also one of the major dimensions of syntactic variation. At the same time, it is also established that a wh-question must have a way to mark scope. As such, a common approach to understanding how a wh-in-situ language marks scope is to assume that wh-phrases move covertly at the Logical Form level (LF). However, there is no firm consensus on the nature of LF-movement in terms of how it differs from overt movement. The aim of this talk is to explore what the syntax of wh-quesitons would look like without LF-movement. There are two parts to the proposal: first, I argue for a unified approach to wh-question formation that involves a tripartite structure; second, I argue that there exists (at least) a set of languages that exhibits overt wh-movement  ('Selective Spell-Out'). Together, we end up with a transparent system, where the variation lies only in terms of which wh-copy is pronounced.


Lecture Theatre 1,
Darwin College,
University of Kent,
United Kingdom


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