There is no need to climb!

Clitic climbing as a facultative epiphenomenon of restructuring

Authors

  • Anna Paradís

Abstract

This paper explores the correlation between clitic climbing and restructuring. In particular, it offers evidence from Catalan and cross-linguistic data to demonstrate that restructuring is universal and that clitic climbing is a facultative epiphenomenon of restructuring. In this sense, the proposal presented here claims that restructuring verbs select an embedded clause headed by a Cdef/Tdef. It also shows that languages triggering clitic climbing display a higher degree of transparency and that the (un)availability of clitic climbing in a particular language is derived by the nature of the embedded v.

Keywords

clitic climbing, restructuring, infinitives, long-distance dependencies

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01-03-2024

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