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date: 02 June 2020

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Negation inhibits certain wh-dependencies. This chapter investigates two kinds of intervention effects: negative islands such as *How didn’t John behave? and Beck-effects such as *Which student did no one give which book to? It is shown that both types of intervention effects call for a semantic or pragmatic rather than a syntactic explanation. At the same time, it is argued that the two types should not be reduced to one. Different semantic and pragmatic approaches to the data are surveyed and issues for future research are highlighted.

Keywords: intervention, negative islands, Beck-effects, wh-questions

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