Linguistic Inquiry publishes article by Hadas Kotek and Michael Erlewine

December 8, 2016

Lecturer Hadas Kotek and collaborator Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine (National University of Singapore) have recently published an article in Linguistic Inquiry titled “Covert pied-piping in English multiple wh-questions.” Here is the abstract:

In this article, we argue for the existence of covert pied-piping in wh-questions through a previously unnoticed pattern of intervention effects in Superiority-obeying English multiple wh-questions. We show that the preference of covert pied-piping, unlike that of overt pied-piping, is for movement of larger constituents. We argue that this discrepancy stems from conflicting requirements of PF and LF: overt pied-piping feeds both LF and PF, but covert pied-piping feeds LF only. The study of covert pied-piping thus reveals the true preference of LF and narrow syntax with regard to pied-piping: larger pied-piping constituents are preferred over smaller ones. This preference can be overridden by certain PF constraints that apply to overt pied-piping.

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