The Left Periphery and Agrammatism: Wh-extractions in Danish

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Data from a study on the comprehension of short and long extractions by four Danish agrammatic patients reveal an interesting asymmetry between subject and object extraction that cannot be explained with canonicity or with trace deletion. It is argued that three crucial linguistic distinctions are required, namely, A-movement (impaired) vs. A-bar-movement (not impaired), main clause CP vs. embedded clause CP (impaired), and subject vs. object. In simple clauses, object extraction is most impaired, whereas in embedded clauses, the pattern is reversed. Together these distinctions provide an account of the inverse asymmetries resembling the *that-trace pattern.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLocality
EditorsEnoch Oladé Aboh, Maria Teresa Guasti, Ian Roberts
Number of pages20
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication year30 Jan 2014
Pages254-273
Chapter10
ISBN (print)978-0-19-994528-3
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jan 2014
SeriesOxford Studies in Comparative Syntax

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