Article published in:Rightward Movement in a Comparative Perspective
Edited by Gert Webelhuth, Manfred Sailer and Heike Walker
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 200] 2013
► pp. 211–242
Neglected cases of rightward movement
When wh-phrases and negative quantifiers go to the right
We show that sign languages admit genuine cases of rightward movement in the domain of wh-phrases and negative quantifiers, instantiating the mirror image of spoken languages in which wh-phrases and negative quantifiers overtly move leftward. The pattern emerging from Italian Sign Language (LIS), American Sign Language (ASL) and Indo-Pakistani Sign Language (IPSL) opens intriguing questions concerning the role of language external factors influencing the final shape of languages at the articulatory-perceptual interface. According to the account offered here, language external factors, in accordance with the Processing-to-Grammar Correspondence Hypothesis, actively interact with language specific rules and configurations, determined by the parameters of Universal Grammar.
Published online: 16 July 2013
Cited by 1 other publications
Branchini, Chiara, Anna Cardinaletti, Carlo Cecchetto, Caterina Donati & Carlo Geraci
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