Article published in:Formal Studies in Slovenian Syntax: In honor of Janez Orešnik
Edited by Franc Lanko Marušič and Rok Žaucer
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 236] 2016
► pp. 129–144
The left periphery of Slovenian relative clauses
This paper is concerned with the syntactic structure of relative clauses (RCs). It examines one particular facet of what Slovenian data can contribute to the discussion, and at the same time provides an analysis of the left periphery in Slovenian RCs. Section 2 outlines some key developments in the literature concerning the syntax of restrictive relative clauses, and traces a line of related approaches from Kayne (1994) and Bianchi (1999) to Aoun & Li (2003), arriving at an analysis that I adopt. In Section 3 I then first show that the approach is compatible with and supported by data from Slovenian before providing a more fine-grained analysis of the left periphery, namely ForceP>>IntP>>FocP, where ForceP is responsible for typing the clause and hosting the RC head in its specifier, the IntP layer is the target of whmovement establishing the relative dependency, while FocP is the locus of elements associated with focus.
Published online: 08 December 2016
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