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The alternation between improper indirect questions and DPs containing a restrictive relative*

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Abstract

This paper analyses the alternation between improper indirect questions and DPs containing a restrictive relative in European Portuguese. We propose that this alternation is lexically restricted, only occurring with <i>weakly assertive cognitive definite predicates</i>, in the sense of Hinzen and Sheehan (2011), such as <i>saber</i>, &#8216;to know&#8217; or <i>descobrir</i>, &#8216;to discover&#8217;. We also claim that the alternation between an improper indirect wh-CP and a DP containing a restrictive relative is possible because they share significant features, namely they both involve sentences with declarative illocutionary force and wh/operator chains, and exhibit a high level of referentiality, due to the D-linked nature of the whP in the improper indirect question and the definite and specific nature of the DP that includes the relative. Keywords:&#65279;&#65279; improper indirect questions; restrictive relatives; weakly assertive cognitive definite predicates; European Portuguese; Spanish

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