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Scope assignment: From wh- to QR

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George Tsoulas ,

University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD, GB
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Norman Yeo

University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD, GB
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This paper develops a theory of scope assignment to wh-phrases as resulting of a process of selective spell-out of copies created from Internal Merge. We show that so-called LF-movement is not a viable option in the current theory of grammar. We therefore pursue the idea that all movement is overt and this, taken in conjunction with a tripartite structure for question formation (involving a clause-typing interrogative C, a Q particle, and a wh-phrase) yields a transparent, syntactically driven theory of scope which we then extend, more speculatively to Quantifier Raising in general.

How to Cite: Tsoulas, G., & Yeo, N. (2017). Scope assignment: From wh- to QR. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics, 2(1), 87. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/gjgl.308
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Published on 05 Oct 2017.
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