Multiple wh-movement in European Spanish

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In this paper I explore Multiple Wh-Movement (MWM) in European Romance, a syntactic pattern that has been regarded as impossible (all Romance languages but Romanian excluding it; cf. Escandell-Vidal 1999; RAE-ASALE 2009; Chernova 2015, among others). After reviewing some data that qualify this well-known observation, I argue that European Spanish can actually display MWM under specific discourse conditions, some of which have not been previously reported. The paper puts forward an analysis of the facts adopting Richards’ (2010)Distinctiness, a PF condition that requires for X and Y to be morphologically or featurally different (within the same domain) for them to be linearized, a solution that places the relevant parameter in the Syntax → PF wing of the grammar.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBoundaries, Phases, and Interfaces: Case Studies in Honor of Violeta Demonte
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages28
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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