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  • Can you guys pipe down? We trying to be quiet over here....

    October 16, 2009

  • Example of obligatory pied-piping:

    These are the books most of whose covers I have designed.

    October 14, 2009

  • the phenomenon that when a wh-phrase is moved, it can optionally 'drag along' a larger NP or PP in which it is contained. EXAMPLE: next to (1a), (1b) and (1c) are also possible.

    (i) a This is the book (NP which) I have designed (NP the covers
    (PP of t))
    b This is the book (PP of which) I have designed (NP the covers t)
    c This is the book (NP the covers of which) I have designed t

    In some cases, Pied Piping is obligatory, due to the Left Branch Condition.

    October 14, 2009