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Word order variation in Spanish and Italian interrogatives : The role of the subject in ‘why’-interrogatives

Word order variation in Spanish and Italian interrogatives : The role of the subject in ‘why’-interrogatives

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KAISER, Georg A., Klaus VON HEUSINGER, Svenja SCHMID, 2019. Word order variation in Spanish and Italian interrogatives : The role of the subject in ‘why’-interrogatives. IX Nereus International Workshop “Morphosyntactic and semantic aspects of the DP in Romance and beyond”. Wuppertal, Nov 8, 2019 - Nov 9, 2019. In: POMINO, Natascha, ed.. Proceedings of the IX Nereus International Workshop “Morphosyntactic and Semantic Aspects of the DP in Romance and Beyond”. Konstanz:Fachbereich Linguistik, Universität Konstanz, pp. 69-90

@inproceedings{Kaiser2019order-58811, title={Word order variation in Spanish and Italian interrogatives : The role of the subject in ‘why’-interrogatives}, year={2019}, number={131}, address={Konstanz}, publisher={Fachbereich Linguistik, Universität Konstanz}, series={Arbeitspapiere / Fachbereich Linguistik}, booktitle={Proceedings of the IX Nereus International Workshop “Morphosyntactic and Semantic Aspects of the DP in Romance and Beyond”}, pages={69--90}, editor={Pomino, Natascha}, author={Kaiser, Georg A. and von Heusinger, Klaus and Schmid, Svenja} }

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