Haitian Creole Syntax
A Case for Det as Head
Université du Québec à Montréal / University of Toronto
In this paper we examine several aspects of Haitian Creole syntax in light of the recent proposal that a determiner can be the head of a minor maximal projection. We argue that an incorporation of this proposal into the analysis of several aspects of Haitian Creole syntax, including clause structure, question formation, and relative-clause formation, can resolve several puzzling problems. In addition, the paper adds to the theory of minor heads in that it shows that such heads must be considered to inherit major category features from their complements.
In: Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 3:2. 1988 (pp. 213–243)