Graduate Institute of Linguistics, National Tsing Hua University
UST Working Papers in Linguistics, Graduate Institute of Linguistics, National Tsing Hua University, Volume 3, Pages 95-108
This study starts out from a re-investigation into the issue of covert wh- movement with the advent of Intervention Effect and reaches an interim conclusion supporting Tsai’s (1994) observation on the parameterized wh-construal among languages. Nonetheless, the parameterized (non-) movement issue is not compatible with the Focus Effect (Kim 2002, 2005 and Beck 2006), which runs stable cross-linguistically. On the other hand, the Focus Effect is too restricted and would, in turn, leave the scopes beyond it unexplained. In this study, I show that such a dilemma can be solved by a uniform analysis with the notion of feature intervention in the sense of Starke (2001) and Rizzi (2002).