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Wh-Clustering and the role of coordination in Italian multiple wh-questions

Ciro Greco (UGent)
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Multiple coordinated questions are a widespread phenomenon across languages. In Italian, it is possible to form multiple wh-questions in which two (or sometimes more) wh-phrases appear on the left of the sentence, obligatorily separated by a coordinative head ‘e’. In this paper, I investigate the syntax of Italian coordinated questions, showing that they display some previously unnoticed properties that constitute a challenge for the main existing approaches to these kinds of structures. I argue that the Italian empirical pattern can be accounted for adopting an alternative derivational process, which I call Wh-Clustering. This process is constituted by the construction of a coordinated interrogative phrase before entering the clausal derivation and subsequent movement of the whole coordinative structure to the complementizer layer. Moreover, I suggest that Wh-Clustering can be traced back to language-specific properties of the left periphery that contribute in shaping the way in which wh-dependencies are formed in Italian.
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Multiple wh-questions, Coordination, Italian

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Greco, Ciro. “Wh-Clustering and the Role of Coordination in Italian Multiple Wh-questions.” Proceedings of the Chicago Linguistics Society. 2016. Print.
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Greco, C. (2016). Wh-Clustering and the role of coordination in Italian multiple wh-questions. Proceedings of the Chicago Linguistics Society. Presented at the Chicago Linguistic Society.
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Greco, Ciro. 2016. “Wh-Clustering and the Role of Coordination in Italian Multiple Wh-questions.” In Proceedings of the Chicago Linguistics Society.
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Greco, Ciro. 2016. “Wh-Clustering and the Role of Coordination in Italian Multiple Wh-questions.” In Proceedings of the Chicago Linguistics Society.
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Greco C. Wh-Clustering and the role of coordination in Italian multiple wh-questions. Proceedings of the Chicago Linguistics Society. 2016.
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C. Greco, “Wh-Clustering and the role of coordination in Italian multiple wh-questions,” in Proceedings of the Chicago Linguistics Society, Chicago, USA, 2016.
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  abstract     = {Multiple coordinated questions are a widespread phenomenon across languages. In Italian, it is possible to form multiple wh-questions in which two (or sometimes more) wh-phrases appear on the left of the sentence, obligatorily separated by a coordinative head ‘e’. In this paper, I investigate the syntax of Italian coordinated questions, showing that they display some previously unnoticed properties that constitute a challenge for the main existing approaches to these kinds of structures. I argue that the Italian empirical pattern can be accounted for adopting an alternative derivational process, which I call Wh-Clustering. This process is constituted by the construction of a coordinated interrogative phrase before entering the clausal derivation and subsequent movement of the whole coordinative structure to the complementizer layer. Moreover, I suggest that Wh-Clustering can be traced back to language-specific properties of the left periphery that contribute in shaping the way in which wh-dependencies are formed in Italian.},
  author       = {Greco, Ciro},
  booktitle    = {Proceedings of the Chicago Linguistics Society},
  keywords     = {Multiple wh-questions,Coordination,Italian},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Chicago, USA},
  title        = {Wh-Clustering and the role of coordination in Italian multiple wh-questions},
  year         = {2016},
}