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Title: On superiority effects in Russian
Authors: Karpacheva, Olga
Keywords: Linguistics;Russian language;Syntax;Distinctive features (Linguistics)
Issue Date: Jan-1998
Publisher: University of Calgary
Citation: Karpacheva, O. (1998). On superiority effects in Russian. Calgary Working Papers in Linguistics, 20(Winter), 29-48.
Abstract: In this paper I argue that Russian is a [-multiply filled Spec,CP] language: in Russian multiple wh-questions only one wh-word appears in Spec,CP, the rest are adjoined to IP. However, unlike other [-multiply filled Spec,CP] languages, Russian exhibits Superiority effects, which, according to Rudin (1988) are characteristic of [+multiply filled Spec,CP] languages, but not of [multiply filled Spec,CP] ones. I show that, given a few assumptions, the Russian data can be accounted for by the Weak Crossover Principle which was used by Hornstein (1995) to explain Superiority effects in a number of languages. To the extent that the analysis is successful, it provides evidence that a [-multiply filled Spec,CP] language can be subject to the Superiority Condition.
ISSN: 2371-2643
Appears in Collections:Volume 20, Winter 1998

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