The Intervention Effect of Negation on Wh-Adverbials in Late Archaic Chinese

Wang, Aiqing (2015) The Intervention Effect of Negation on Wh-Adverbials in Late Archaic Chinese. In: The Second Asian and European Linguistic Conference Proceedings. Newcastle and Northumbria Working Papers in Linguistics . Newcastle University, Newcastle, pp. 160-172. ISBN 9780701702519

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This paper investigates the Intervention Effect of negation in Late Archaic Chinese (5th -3 rd c BC; ‘LAC’). Wh-complements of adverbials must raise out of the head-initial PPs to a position between TP and vP due to obligatory wh-preposing, generating the reverted order wh-P. Fronted wh-constituents may target one of the two focalised positions in the medial domain, and the distributional asymmetry of wh-phrases is correlated with their base positions. The lower focused position below negation accommodates preposed wh-adverbials basegenerated between negation and vP, while the higher focus position above negation is expected to exclusively permit wh-constituents base-generated above negation, viz. whcomplements of high PPs. However, when a negator is present and c-commands a whadverbial that is supposed to target the low focus position, it will trigger wh-movement to the high focused position due to the Intervention Effect of negation (Beck 1996, Beck and Kim 1997, Kim 2002, 2006).

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