Syntactic doubling and the structure of wh-chains

@article{Barbiers2009SyntacticDA,
  title={Syntactic doubling and the structure of wh-chains},
  author={S. Barbiers and O. Koeneman and M. Lekakou},
  journal={International Journal of the Sociology of Language},
  year={2009}
}
This paper discusses cases of syntactic doubling in wh-dependencies attested in dialects of Dutch, where more than one member of the same chain is spelled out. We focus on cases of non-identical doubling, in which the chain links spelled out have different forms. We demonstrate that the order of elements in a chain is fixed: the first (or syntactically higher) one is less specific that the second one. We argue that this generalization follows from partial copying, a process that copies a proper… Expand
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