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ERIC Number: EJ1159180
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1305-578X
Variation on the Status of the P and Its Effects on Relative Clause Construction
Gondra, Ager
Journal of Language and Linguistic Studies, v13 n2 p615-631 2017
This paper presents an analysis of the structure of relative clauses with an indirect object or adjunct gap in two Mundaka Basque varieties ("Mundaka Basque I" and "Mundaka Basque II"). In Mundaka Basque I, relativization of indirect objects and adjuncts is grammatical when the relative clause is in subject or direct object position, while in Mundaka Basque II this same syntactic configuration is ungrammatical. This variation is explained by a difference in the status of P. In Mundaka Basque I the P has unvalued f-features, whereas in Mundaka Basque II the P has no unvalued f-features. Evidence for this comes from PP extraction out of [-Q] embedded clauses: the intermediate [nu] gets its f-features valued by the P of the extracted phrase in Mundaka Basque I, while it does not in Mundaka Basque II. Additionally, this study shows that the Case matching effect is not a syntactic constraint but rather a morphological constraint.
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Language: English
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