Experimental evidence for the Condition C argument-adjunct asymmetry in English questions
Richard Stockwell, Aya Meltzer-Asscher, Dominique Sportiche
January 2022
 

Condition C reconstruction underlies a substantial amount of research (e.g. Barss 1986, Heycock 1995, Fox 1999); in particular, the claim that arguments of preposed DPs obligatorily reconstruct, while their adjuncts do not (Lebeaux 1988). Recent experimental work has questioned the existence of (an adjunct-argument asymmetry in) Condition C reconstruction in English (Adger et al. 2017, Bruening & Al-Khalaf 2019; cf. Stockwell et al. 2021). On the contrary, this paper reports a formal, large-scale acceptability rating experiment which supports the claim that there is an argument-adjunct asymmetry in Condition C reconstruction in English questions.
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Published in: To appear in Proceedings of NELS 52
keywords: condition c, argument-adjunct asymmetry, reconstruction, experiment, syntax
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