On splittable aggressively non-D-linked expressions and their correlates in West Germanic

Nicholas Catasso
It is generally assumed that (non-causal) wh-interrogatives are merged VP-internally and then moved to [Spec,CP] in wh-ex-situ systems. Under specific pragmatic conditions, such elements are compatible with aggressively non-D-linked expressions in most languages. This paper addresses a hitherto mainly undescribed phenomenon which consists of the (optional) splitting of the wh realized by VP-to-CP movement of the interrogative associated with the stranding of the emphasizer in some lower position. Apparently, this option applies to wh-ex-situ V2-SOV...
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