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date: 05 December 2019

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This article presents a number of cross-linguistic descriptive generalizations concerning Romance languages and points out their theoretical relevance for syntactic theory. It shows how cross-linguistic variation can direct our research toward a precise path and thereby narrow down the number of possible analyses of a given phenomenon. The article examines the pattern of clitic wh- elements and illustrates some empirical generalizations that are valid both diachronically and cross-linguistically.

Keywords: Romance languages, descriptive generalizations, syntactic theory, wh-elements, clitic elements

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