Movement and interpretation of quantifiers in internally-headed relative clauses

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  • Rebecca Jarvis University of California, Berkeley

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https://doi.org/10.3765/extbgy81

Abstract

This paper addresses the semantic typology of internally-headed relative clauses using a case study of two West African languages, Atchan (Kwa) and Bùlì (Gur). Both languages exhibit syntactically-similar relatives, involving overt movement of the head. However, quantifiers on the head are interpreted differently in the two languages. In Atchan, quantifiers on the relative-clause head take the entire relative clause as their restriction; in Bùlì, quantifiers on the head take only the head noun as their restriction. I propose that the former is interpreted via NP reconstruction and Trace Conversion, the latter via DP reconstruction. The empirical difference between these two languages motivates a revision to the typology developed by Grosu (2012), which tightly links head movement and the Atchan-like quantifier interpretation pattern. This work further supports a a modular view in which languages can adopt different strategies to interpret movement-involving structures.

Author Biography

  • Rebecca Jarvis, University of California, Berkeley

    PhD candidate, UC Berkeley Linguistics

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2024-01-19

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