19.2069, Qs: German Wh- Copying Informants

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Subject: 19.2069, Qs: German Wh- Copying Informants

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Date: 27-Jun-2008
From: Andreas Pankau < Andreas.Pankau at let.uu.nl >
Subject: German Wh- Copying Informants


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Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2008 08:57:29
From: Andreas Pankau [Andreas.Pankau at let.uu.nl]
Subject: German Wh- Copying Informants
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Dear Linguists,

I'm investigating wh-copy-constructions in German, i.e. constructions as in

(i) Wen denkst du wen sie liebt?
    Wen denkst du den sie liebt?

More specifically, I'm interested in the behaviour of complex wh-phrases in
this construction (complex = polysyllabic).  For that, I put together a
questionnaire. Even though I knew in advance that only few speakers possess
the construction with complex wh-phrases, finding informants turned out to
be harder than expected.

Therefore, I'd like to ask the Germans among you (a) whether you find any
of the sentences in (ii) grammatical, and (b) if yes, whether I can contact
you for more judgments on this construction.

(ii) Welchen Mann glaubst du wen sie liebt?
     Welchen Mann glaubst du den sie liebt?

Thanks in advance, Andreas Pankau (University of Utrecht) 

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

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