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Deconstructing the “adverb plus complementizer construction” in Romanian

Author(s): Cornelia Daniela Lupşa

Journal: Bucharest Working Papers in Linguistics
ISSN 2069-9239

Volume: XIII;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 91;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: the adverb plus complementizer construction | sentence adverb | root complementizer | adverb movement | left periphery

In this paper I examine the “adverb plus complementizer” construction (Ramat and Ricca 1998:212) in Romanian, seeking to establish its characteristics in more detail than usually achieved in the literatureon adverbs. I show that, at least in Romanian, this construction displays regularities that can shed light on ourunderstanding of the basic mechanism of sentence-building and how adverbs are integrated in a sentence. Ialso argue that a correct description of this construction requires the integration of two opposing theories onadverbs that have come to be represented by Cinque 1999 and Ernst 2002.
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