In defense of defective intervention: locality effects in Romance

Mihaela Moreno Perdomo, Carolina Petersen

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Bruening (2014) has recently challenged the status of defective intervention as a real syntactic phenomenon, arguing that it is actually the effect of linear order. Our first goal is to show that Bruening’s (2014) potential counterexamples to the existence of syntactic defective intervention are only apparent. We will provide an explanation for his data based on adverb placement and the hierarchical architecture of clauses with experiencers. Moreover, we aim to provide a typology of Romance languages that either prohibit defective intervention like Brazilian Portuguese (BP) and Italian or languages of the Romanian/Spanish-type that obviate defective intervention on the basis of the availability of clitic doubling (Anagnostopoulou 2003, 2005.)
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRomance Languages and Linguistic Theory 10
Subtitle of host publicationSelected papers from 'Going Romance' 28
EditorsErnestina Carrilho, Alexandra Fiéis, Maria Lobo, Sandra Pereira
Place of PublicationLisbon
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages18
VolumeRomance Languages and Linguistic Theory 10
ISBN (Print)9789027266415
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventGoing Romance - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 4 Dec 20146 Dec 2014


ConferenceGoing Romance


  • Syntax
  • Defective intervention
  • Generative grammar


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