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LINGUIST List 24.3635

Tue Sep 17 2013

Qs: Verbal ellipsis and complementizer agreement

Editor for this issue: Alex Isotalo <alxlinguistlist.org>

Date: 17-Sep-2013
From: Eric Fuß <fusslingua.uni-frankfurt.de>
Subject: Verbal ellipsis and complementizer agreement
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Dear all,

in at least some varieties of Bavarian, the availability of complementizer agreement seems to be dependent on the presence of the finite verb: In cases where the finite verb is elided, the realization of inflectional features in the C-domain becomes less acceptable or even ungrammatical:

(1) ??[ dass-sd du noch Minga] und [ dass da Hans
that-2SG you to Munich and that the Hans
noch Truchtlaching geht]
to Truchtlaching go-3SG

(2) a. D’Resl is gresser [ als wia-st du bist]
the-Resl is taller than as-2SG you are
‘Resl is taller than you are.’
b. *D’Resl is gresser [ als wia-st du]
the-Resl is taller than as-2SG you
c. D’Resl is gresser [ als wia du]
the-Resl is taller than as you

However, it seems that these observations are subject to some amount of cross-dialectal variation (in both Dutch and German varieties). I would be very interested to learn more about the behavior of complementizer agreement in these contexts. Thank you very much!

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Language Family(ies): Germanic

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