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Linguistic Inquiry

Winter 2000, Vol. 31, No. 1, Pages 57-84
(doi: 10.1162/002438900554299)
© 2000 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Quantifier Float and Wh-Movement in an Irish English
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The English of northwestern Ireland allows quantifier float of a previously undocumented kind in wh-questions. The quantifier all, though construed with a fronted wh-pronoun, may appear in a position considerably to the right of that pronoun. It is argued that all so stranded marks a position through which a wh-phrase has passed or in which a wh-phrase originates. The construction then provides visible evidence for intermediate derivational stages. This evidence is used to develop a new argument for successive cyclicity and to argue for overt object shift in English and for an origin site for subjects strictly within VP and below the object shift position.