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Foundational Issues in Linguistic TheoryEssays in Honor of Jean-Roger Vergnaud$
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Robert Freidin, Carlos P. Otero, and Maria Luisa Zubizarreta

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262062787

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262062787.001.0001

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Identity Avoidance: OCP Effects in Swiss Relatives

Identity Avoidance: OCP Effects in Swiss Relatives

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(p.226) (p.227) 9 Identity Avoidance: OCP Effects in Swiss Relatives
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Foundational Issues in Linguistic Theory
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Henk van Riemsdijk

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262062787.003.0010

This chapter examines identity avoidance and the “Obligatory Contour Principle” (OCP) in phonology, focusing on syntactic problems raised by headed relative clauses in Swiss German. It discusses the properties of a range of headed relative-clause constructions in Swiss German and considers three major subclasses: resumptive relative clauses, “aboutness” relative clauses, and locative relative clauses. It argues that resumptive pronouns in Swiss relative clauses manifest behavior similar to clitics. Clitic movement, normally optional, must apply to feed deletion. The chapter also looks at the annihilation of the correlative element either by haplology or the Avoid Pronoun Principle, which it calls the “kamikaze conspiracy.” A further ingredient of this conspiracy is the Doubly Filled COMP Filter, which constitutes a “syntactic reflex” of the OCP.

Keywords:   identity avoidance, Obligatory Contour Principle, headed relative clauses, Swiss German, resumptive pronouns, deletion, haplology, Avoid Pronoun Principle, kamikaze conspiracy, Doubly Filled COMP Filter

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