Bošković: On wh and subject positions and contextuality

The class will examine a number of issues, starting with the derivation of subject questions like who left and a number of other constructions that involve local subject A’-movement crosslinguistically. The over-arching concerns during the discussion will be what the constructions under consideration tell us about wh and subject positions, the EPP, and the syntax more generally. The answers to these concerns will lead to fine-tuning the position of various subject and wh-phrases, split IP, and a new conception of the EPP that situates it within a broader theoretical move toward contextuality in syntax in general.