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Equal rights for all conditionals

Philipp Weisser
From the journal Linguistics Vanguard

Abstract

In recent years, a number of arguments have been put forward stating that regular conditional clauses preceding their matrix clause are derived by means of movement: They are base-generated low in the tree and then moved to the high clause-initial position. Using data from English and German, I show in this short paper that these arguments carry over straightforwardly to less canonical conditional constructions such as V1-conditionals and conditional conjunction constructions. That suggests that, if the original arguments hold, then V1-conditionals and conditional conjunction constructions should be derived by movement as well.

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Received: 2018-06-15
Accepted: 2019-04-01
Published Online: 2019-07-11

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