Information structure constraints and complex NP islands in Chinese

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https://doi.org/10.21248/hpsg.2013.6

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This paper presents an analysis of the complex NP island effects in Chinese. I follow Ginzburg & Sag (2000)'s analysis of in situ wh-interrogative construction and propose that feature percolation from the non-head clause daughter to the head daughter is required for a proper treatment of in situ wh-relative. A semantic analysis of the idiosyncrasy of weishenme 'why' reveals that a definite reading is forced for a wh-relative when weishenme stays in situ. This requirement causes feature percolation into relative head to fail. In this way I show that island effects in Chinese can be independently ruled out in the grammar as a case of contradiction.

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2013-10-26

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Jin, Dawei. 2013. Information structure constraints and complex NP islands in Chinese. Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar 110–120. (doi:10.21248/hpsg.2013.6) (https://proceedings.hpsg.xyz/article/view/292) (Accessed June 27, 2022.)