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Clefts and anti-superiority in Moken

Date

2016-07

Authors

Baclawski Jr., Kenneth
Jenks, Peter

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Asia-Pacific Linguistics

Abstract

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 observations lead to the conclusion that Anti-Superiority effects in Moken are not counterexamples to the universality of Superiority, but instead arise due to a constraint on crossed dependencies between arguments and non-argument positions.

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Keywords

Moken, constituent question, cleft, superiority

Citation

Source

Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (JSEALS)

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Journal article

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Open Access

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