Wh-islands in degree questions: A semantic approach

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Márta Abrusán


It is proposed that wh-islands with degree questions are unacceptable because they cannot be given a most informative true answer. Wh-islands thus are shown to be similar to other cases of weak islands which have been argued to result from Maximization Failure, in particular negative islands (cf. Fox & Hackl 2007).

Permanent DOI link: http://dx.doi.org/10.3765/sp.4.5

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Márta Abrusán

University of Oxford Faculty of Philosophy, Faculty of Linguistics Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow