When a wh-word refuses to stay in-situ
Arthur Stepanov, Ali Al Moussaoui
February 2019

This squib demonstrates that the syntactic behavior of prosodically weak wh-elements or 'wh-clitics' conforms quite well to theories of syntax-phonology mapping such as Richards (2010, 2016) which explore a tight relationship between syntactic and prosodic boundary/edge phenomena. Evidence comes from new data from Lebanese Arabic, as well as 'wh-clitics' in French and North Italian dialects.
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Reference: lingbuzz/004472
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Published in: Linguistic Inquiry 2020, 51 (2): 410-423 [prepub.]
keywords: prosody, wh-clitic, contiguity theory, syntax, phonology
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