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The Freezing Principle in Hungarian polarity, non-polarity and multiple <i>wh</i>-questions

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Abstract

This paper explores how weak erotetic<i> vajon</i> &#8216;whether, if&#8230;at all&#8217; interacts with the interrogative clitic <i>-e</i> &#8216;QCL&#8217; in polarity questions and with <i>wh</i>-words in non-polarity and multiple <i>wh</i>-questions in Hungarian. <i>Vajon</i> &#8216;if&#8230;at all&#8217;, sitting in ForceP, forms an expletive&#8211;associate chain with FINP, which hosts the polarity interrogative clitic <i>-e</i> &#8216;QCL&#8217;. Whenever the INT operator forms an OP-variable chain with the interrogative clitic <i>-e</i> &#8216;QCL&#8217;, this chain blocks Long <i>wh-</i>movement out of subordinate clauses. Weak erotetic <i>vajon</i> &#8216;if&#8230;at all&#8217; signals such OP-variable chains. The same holds for subordinate multiple <i>wh</i>-questions, where the INT&#8230;.<i>wh-</i>word chain blocks the extraction of another <i>wh</i>-word.

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