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LINGUIST List 17.2298

Thu Aug 10 2006

Qs: Crossover;A Minimalist Account to WH-Questions in Moroccan Arbic

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        1.    Ikuo Miura, Crossover
        2.    Souad Slaoui, A Minimalist Account to WH-Questions in Moroccan Arbic

Message 1: Crossover
Date: 05-Aug-2006
From: Ikuo Miura <miu_ikuyahoo.co.jp>
Subject: Crossover

Dear linguists,

I am a high school teacher in Japan, but I have been interested in
linguistics, especially syntax and semantics, for more than 15 years. I am
now trying to write a paper on so-called crossover phenomena like (1),
which are generally judged as unacceptable. And I am interested in the
grammaticality of Haik's (1984) example in (2).

(1) *His mother loves everyone. (his = everyone)
(2) Everyone told her mother that his wife should get a job.
(her = his wife) (his = everyone).

The sentence (2) is said to be grammatifcal even though the pronoun ''her''
is not c-commanded by the phrase it depends on (''his wife'').

I want to know how good the sentence (2) is, and if it is acceptable, I
wonder whether the sentence (3) is acceptable or not, which contans ''her
mother'' and ''his wife'' in the same minimal clause.

(3) Everyone said that her mother loves his wife.
(her mother = his wife) (his = everyone)

I would like you to reply to me personally. Thanks in advance.

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics

Message 2: A Minimalist Account to WH-Questions in Moroccan Arbic
Date: 03-Aug-2006
From: Souad Slaoui <slaouisouadyahoo.fr>
Subject: A Minimalist Account to WH-Questions in Moroccan Arbic

I m preparing my Ph.D dissertation on Wh-constructions in Moroccan Arbic ,
viz. Wh-questions and relatives . My investigation is carried out within
Chomsky's (1995: Ch 4)Minimalist framework. The Hypothesis I am
defending is that all Feature checking processes in these two constructions
are performed pre-Spell out . I 'm asking if anyone can help me with some
relevant information in this direction.

Thank you for your cooperation

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

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