The CP and split CP cross-linguistically: The layer parameter

Elly Van Gelderen

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In this article, I argue that languages differ as to whether their clausal complements constitute Complementizer Phrases (CPs) or split CPs in the sense of Rizzi (1997). I also show that Modern English finite complements are always split but that the specification of mood in these complements accounts for phenomena such as negative raising, the presence of certain complementizers and embedded topicalizations. Older varieties of English do not provide evidence for a split CP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)369-403
Number of pages35
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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