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On the status of wh-chains with a spelled-out foot

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The syntax of wh-questions has been largely investigated for several languages, basically focusing on their movement operations. In this paper I resort to wh-questions in Cape Verdean Creole (CVC) to illustrate a further syntactic aspect of these constructions, namely, the formation of resumptive and defective wh-chains. I suggest that these two chains are distinct from one another and, digging into their formal properties and assuming Boeckx’s (2003) theory of resumption, I argue for a movement analysis of defective wh-chains.

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Alexandre, N., (2008) “On the status of wh-chains with a spelled-out foot”, Journal of Portuguese Linguistics 7(2), p.7-24. doi: https://doi.org/10.5334/jpl.125

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Nélia Alexandre (Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa & Centro de Linguística da Universidade de Lisboa Alameda da Universidade, 1600-214 Lisboa)

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