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Title: The Defective Copy Theory of Movement
Subtitle: Evidence from wh-constructions in Cape Verdean Creole
Written By: Nélia Alexandre
Series Title: Creole Language Library 41

Within the framework of Chomsky’s Principles and Parameters Theory and
the Minimalist Program, this work presents a detailed discussion of the
different types of wh-question formation and relativization strategies in Cape
Verdean Creole (Santiago variety), especially focusing on wh-movement of
PPs. The book explores the Copy Theory of Movement, discussing a
defective copy construction involving wh-movement of PPs which poses
interesting theoretical questions as to how the defective copy is to be
generated and form a chain with the relevant displaced wh-constituent. It is
also shown that the defective copy strategy ([wh [PL] … 'el' [3SG]]) is
distinct from resumption ([wh [PL] … 'es' [3PL]]) due to some properties of
PPs in Cape Verdean Creole and to the nature of the pronominal element that
occurs at the foot of the wh-chain. This book relates well with those on Cape
Verdean Creole and highlights the need to look more closely at deeper
syntactic issues in more creole languages, inspiring further comparative work
amongst creole linguists.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Linguistic Theories
Contrastive Ling
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027274892
Prices: U.S. $ 158.00
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027252647
Prices: U.K. £ 105.00
Europe EURO 111.30
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