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Title:Two (non-)islands in Slovenian : A study in experimental syntax
Authors:Stepanov, Arthur (Author)
Mušič, Manca (Author)
Stateva, Penka (Author)
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Language:English
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Tipology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:UNG - University of Nova Gorica
Abstract:There exists a controversy in the literature and among the speakers of Slovenian concerning the grammaticality of wh-island and subject island constructions in this language. We conducted an acceptability rating study of wh-islands and subject islands in Slovenian, using the factorial definition of island. This definition provides for a possibility to isolate a true island effect while controlling for two complexity factors that potentially interfere in speakers’ evaluation of the relevant sentences: the length of the respective movement dependency and the presence of an island structure itself. We found that (i) Slovenian speakers do judge the wh-island sentences worse than the respective controls, but the observed degradation cannot be attributed to a true island effect; (ii) subject extraction out of a wh-island leads to a so called reverse island effect whereby the acceptability is higher than expected even if the above two complexity factors are taken into consideration; and (iii) speakers are sensitive to the subject island effect, as predicted by the mainstream theories of syntactic locality. The results of our study contribute to establishing a solid empirical base for further theoretical investigations of the island effects and raise new questions about the role of processing factors in speakers’ evaluations of island constructions.
Keywords:syntactic island, experimental syntax, Subjacency, Empty Category Principle, Slovenian
Year of publishing:2018
Number of pages:435-476
Numbering:56/3, 2018
COBISS_ID:5165819 Link is opened in a new window
URN:URN:SI:UNG:REP:N6LDREJP
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1515/ling-2018-0002 Link is opened in a new window
License:CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
This work is available under this license: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives 4.0 International
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Record is a part of a journal

Title:Linguistics
Publisher:De Gruyter
ISSN:0024-3949
Year of publishing:2018

Document is financed by a project

Funder:EC - Evropska skupnost (EC)
Funding Programme:FP7 - 7-th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development
Project no.:613465
Name:Advancing the European Multilingual Experience
Acronym:ATHEME
Project ID:info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7/613465

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