Relativized relatives: Types of intervention in the acquisition of A-bar dependencies

  title={Relativized relatives: Types of intervention in the acquisition of A-bar dependencies},
  author={Naama Friedmann and Adriana Belletti and Luigi Rizzi},
Young children find (some) object relatives much harder to understand than subject relatives. The main finding of this article is that not all object relatives are difficult. The difficulty with object relatives (and object Wh-questions) is selective: it depends on the structural similarity between the A’-moved element and the intervening subject. We interpret this selective effect in terms of a proper extension of Relativized Minimality, the principle of syntactic theory which expresses… CONTINUE READING
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