Contiguity and wh-intervention

Kenyon Branan (NUS) & Norvin Richards (MIT)

This talk discusses some recent advances in Contiguity Theory, developing a restriction on the syntax-prosody mapping which requires goals in an Agree relationship to occupy a position of prominence in a particular domain. A theory of wh-intervention effects is then built, in which the effect arises from a problem when multiple goals appear in a certain configuration in a certain domain. The consequences of this theory for the cross-linguistic picture of wh-intervention effects is then discussed.