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Some remarks on superiority effects

Authors
Journal
Lingua
0024-3841
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
95
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0024-3841(94)00011-a

Abstract

Abstract This paper presents two interrelated arguments about superiority effects in multiple-wh constructions. First, it argues that wh-in-situ elements remain in situ at all (GB)-levels of syntactic representation; consequently superiority effects involve relations between moved wh-elements (and their traces) and non-moved wh-elements. Second, it argues that superiority effects involve violations of the conjunctive ECP which arise when a non-moved wh-element coindexed to a wh-operator for wh-interpretation prevents the operator from antecedent governing its wh-trace under minimality conditions. Hence superiority effects are inner island effects produced by the intervention of a non-moved wh-element in a wh-chain.

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