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Clefts and anti-superiority in Moken

Baclawski Jr., Kenneth; Jenks, Peter


We describe an extraction asymmetry in Moken that presents apparent Anti-Superiority effects. We then show that this asymmetry is not rooted in Superiority at all. Evidence from island effects is used to demonstrate that the left-dislocation of wh-phrases is not the result of wh-movement as standardly conceived. Furthermore, the same Anti-Superiority effect obtains for non-wh-phrases and clefts. At the same time, standard Superiority effects in Moken do arise in certain environments. These...[Show more]

CollectionsJournal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (JSEALS)
ANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016-07
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (JSEALS)


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