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LINGUIST List 19.2069

Sun Jun 29 2008

Qs: German Wh- Copying Informants

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        1.    Andreas Pankau, German Wh- Copying Informants

Message 1: German Wh- Copying Informants
Date: 27-Jun-2008
From: Andreas Pankau <Andreas.Pankaulet.uu.nl>
Subject: German Wh- Copying Informants
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Dear Linguists,

I'm investigating wh-copy-constructions in German, i.e. constructions as in

(i) Wen denkst du wen sie liebt?
Wen denkst du den sie liebt?

More specifically, I'm interested in the behaviour of complex wh-phrases in
this construction (complex = polysyllabic). For that, I put together a
questionnaire. Even though I knew in advance that only few speakers possess
the construction with complex wh-phrases, finding informants turned out to
be harder than expected.

Therefore, I'd like to ask the Germans among you (a) whether you find any
of the sentences in (ii) grammatical, and (b) if yes, whether I can contact
you for more judgments on this construction.

(ii) Welchen Mann glaubst du wen sie liebt?
Welchen Mann glaubst du den sie liebt?

Thanks in advance, Andreas Pankau (University of Utrecht)

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

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