3 years ago

The Matching Analysis of relative clauses: an argument from antipronominal contexts

Andreas Pankau


This paper provides a novel argument for the Matching Analysis of relative clauses. The argument is based on antipronominal contexts in German. Antipronominal contexts are syntactic environments that require lexical DPs and therefore bar pronouns. It is argued that the behavior of relative clauses in antipronominal contexts in German points to two conclusions. First, relative pronouns contain a phonologically invisible NP that is identical to the NP contained in the head noun. Second, the two NPs are not connected via movement. Since only the Matching Analysis takes the two NPs to be base-generated, it is concluded that the Matching Analysis represents the correct structure for relative clauses.

Publisher URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10828-018-9097-5

DOI: 10.1007/s10828-018-9097-5

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