Micro-diversity in Dutch interrogative DPs

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This paper presents a micro-comparative perspective on the Dutch <i>wat</i> <i>voor</i> <i>&#8217;n</i> <i>N</i>-construction (meaning: &#8220;what kind of N&#8221;). Besides a description of the various formal manifestations of this nominal construction as found intra-dialectally and cross-dialectally, an analysis is given of the dimensions of variation at the level of internal syntax and external syntax. As regards the external syntax, an analysis will be given of patterns that permit a split <i>wat</i> <i>voor</i> <i>&#8217;n</i> <i>N</i>-pattern and those that do not. An important outcome of our analysis will be that a uniform structural basis &#8216;underlies&#8217; the different manifestations of the <i>wat</i> <i>voor</i> <i>&#8217;n</i> <i>N</i>-construction: more specifically, predication, configurationally defined as a DP-internal small clause structure, and predicate displacement.


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