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Islands and Resumption in Asante Twi
Sampson Korsah and Andrew Murphy
226-236 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


In this paper, we present a typologically surprising pattern of resumption in Asante Twi. It is claimed that, despite being island-insensitive, resumptive A'-dependencies in Asante Twi are not derived by base-generation, but rather by movement. This is supported by robust diagnostics such as cyclicity effects, reconstruction, and weak crossover. Instead, we argue that the lack of island effects is the result of obligatory resumption with nominal extraction, something which is not found with extraction of other categories. This further enriches the typology of resumption, highlighting that island-(in)sensitivity does not map neatly onto a movement vs. base-generation dichotomy.

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Proceedings of the 36th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Richard Stockwell, Maura O'Leary, Zhongshi Xu, and Z.L. Zhou
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