Article published in:Variation in C: Comparative approaches to the Complementizer Phrase
Edited by Jacopo Garzonio and Silvia Rossi
[Linguistic Variation 18:2] 2018
► pp. 265–298
On relative complementizers and relative pronouns
This paper explores the syntactic status of che and (il) qual(e) relativizers, i.e. what are standardly referred to as relative complementizers and relative pronouns, in Old and Modern Italian and Italian varieties and proposes a unified analysis for both types of items. It takes into account the ongoing debate regarding the categorial status of relativizers (Kayne 1975, 2008, 2010; Lehmann 1984; Manzini & Savoia 2003, 2011, among many others) and aims at showing that what we call complementizers are not C 0 heads, as commonly assumed. Instead, we propose that both relative “complementizers” and “pronouns” have the same categorial status, i.e. they are wh-items and are part of the relative clause-internal head.
Keywords: syntax of relative clauses, Romance varieties, status of complementizers
Published online: 01 February 2019
ASIt Atlante sintattico d’Italia. University of Padua: http://asit.maldura.unipd.it/
OVI Opera del vocabolario italiano. University of Chicago: http://artfl-project.uchicago.edu/
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