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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||35|
|State||Published - Dec 1 2004|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Language and Linguistics
- Linguistics and Language