Branan and Erlewine (2022) argue for the existence of an Ā-probe that can only be satisfied if its goal is the closest DP. The motivation for such a probe comes from a series of relativization strategies in several languages that appear to only target the highest DP in the clause. In this reply, I argue that their data only motivate the existence of probes that attract the closest DP—their data fail canonical diagnostics for Ā-movement, suggesting that we should eliminate Ā from the description. This being the case, I suggest that the descriptive label relative clause applies to both A- and Ā-constructions, where independent diagnostics are needed to distinguish each case.
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July 14 2023
Probing for the Closest DP: A Reply to Branan and Erlewine 2022
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Elise Newman; Probing for the Closest DP: A Reply to Branan and Erlewine 2022. Linguistic Inquiry 2023; doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/ling_a_00501
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