Natural Language & Linguistic Theory

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 343-380

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The hidden side of clausal complements

  • Shoichi TakahashiAffiliated withCollege of Engineering, Nihon University Email author 

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I propose that a moved clausal complement must involve a DP structure headed by a covert determiner. This proposal explains the fact that the base-generated position of a moved clausal complement must show properties of DPs even though the moved constituent appears to be a CP. I argue that the necessity of the DP structure comes from properties of an independently motivated mechanism for interpreting structures involving a movement dependency under the copy theory of movement. Together with a particular theory of counter-cyclic merger, the proposed analysis also captures (anti-)reconstruction effects exhibited by movement of a clausal complement.


(Anti-)reconstruction Clausal complements Copy theory of movement Counter-cyclic merger Determiners