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Query Subject:   A query about parasitic gaps
Author:   Shinya Uchishiba
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Subject Language(s):  English


Query:   Dear Linguists,

As well known, parasitic gaps are licensed inside subject islands. In addition, they can appear inside internal arguments, as shown below:

(1) Who did John show pictures of (pg) to (t)?
(Nissembaum 2000: ft 10, p106)

I wish to know if in a double object construction parasitic gaps can appear both inside the subject and inside the indirect object, as in (2c).

(2) a. Which book did everyone who read (pg) send back Bill
(t)?
b. Which book did John send back the author of (pg) (t)?
c. Which book did everyone who read (pg) send back the
author of (pg) (t)?

If all the parasitic gaps in (2) are licensed, they provide clues for elucidating the structure of a DOC, I think. Given Nissenbaum's (2000) in-depth investigation of parasitic gaps (''investigations of covert phrase movement''), the parasitic gaps in (2c) suggest that the wh-operator moves over the indirect object as a first step and then over the subject as a second step. If so, verbal projections should be stacked in the structure in question, as several generativists have already proposed.
I would be very grateful for any information and any data concerning the topic. Thank you in advance.

Sincerely,

Shinya Uchishiba
LL Issue: 15.624
Date posted: 16-Feb-2004



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