s-20 - Wh-Q ?*WHO BILL FEEL [ CP [ IP JOHN LIKE trace ]]...

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Topicalization:A demonstration of UG in ASL Topicalization is movement by to the left edge of the sentence, adjoining (attaching) to IP 1. Mary, John likes __. 2. ?Peter doesn’t [ VP believe [ CP that [ IP Mary, John likes __ ]]]. 3. *Peter doesn’t [ VP believe [ IP Mary, John likes __ ]]. Why is the third sentence so bad? 1. Clauses can be CPs (with complementizer that ) or IPs (without that ) 2. Topicalization is impossible to embedded IP unless that the IP is inside of a CP Topicalization is adjunction to IP (attachment to its left edge). Adjunction directly to a complement (embedded) clause is not allowed. Therefore, topicalization in a complement clause can only apply to move (adjoin) the topic to the left edge of IP if that IP is contained within a CP!!! ASL shows this Principle:Wh-Movement only out of IP Two classes of verbs:
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Unformatted text preview: Wh-Q ?*WHO BILL FEEL [ CP [ IP JOHN LIKE trace ]] Wh-Q WHO BILL THINK [ IP JOHN LIKE trace ] Hypothesis: In ASL: FEEL takes a CP complement THINK takes an IP complement Another principle with ASL: Adjunction only to embedded IP Two classes of verbs: topic BILL FEEL [ CP [ IP MARY [JOHN LIKE trace ]]] topic *BILL THINK [ IP MARY [JOHN LIKE trace ]] Hypothesis supported: Since FEEL takes a CP complement, embedded topicalization is possible. Since THINK takes an IP complement, embedded topicalization is impossible. Review: Leading Ideas 1. UG is modality independent. 2. Language is a symbolic system 3. Human language is compositional. 4. Properties of language and non-linguistic cognitive behavior sometimes correlate....
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