Rosalind Brayfield (Linguistics, '09) will present her comps research on Thursday, 26 February, at 4:30 pm in Goodsell 03.
'Run, I run - I really run!: questions and foci in the Belizean creole language'
Based on Italian data, Rizzi (1997) argues that focus fronting and wh-fronting target the same syntactic position and are therefore two realizations of the same type of movement. I argue that focus movement and wh-movement are distinct in the Belizean creole, Kriol. First, focus fronting is optional while wh-movement is not. Second, focus fronting does not yield the that- trace effect while wh-fronting does. Finally, head fronting data suggests that focus movement is not constrained by locality (based on the behavior of TMA markers and phonological constraints) while wh-movement is.
A reception immediately follows this talk. All are invited to attend.