Embedding, covert movement, and intervention in Kathmandu Newari

Borui Zhang, Dustin Alfonso Chacón


In this paper, we explore the syntax of wh-dependencies in Newari (Sino-Tibetan). We examine the patterns of intervention and island effects in wh-in-situ configurations, and we find that sensitivity to these constraints often co-occur. We thus argue that Newari permits wh-operators to either covertly move to fix their scope, or may take scope in-situ via focus alternative composition analysis. Additionally, we argue that clausal complements to verbs (“verbal argument CPs”) may be islands for covert movement in this language.


Newari; movement; verbal-argument CPs; wh-phrases; scope; LF; covert movement

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.3765/plsa.v3i1.4369

Copyright (c) 2018 Borui Zhang, Dustin Alfonso Chacón

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