On complementizers and relative pronouns in Germanic vs. Romance

Richard S. Kayne

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    Many Germanic languages have a finite-clause complementizer that resembles a demonstrative, e.g. English that, Dutch dat, German dass. No Romance language does. The traditional view of complementizers as simplex projecting heads that take IP or some comparable category as a complement has no way of accounting for this difference between Germanic and Romance. In this chapter, I will attempt to make progress toward an account, in part by reinterpreting finite-clause complementizers as relative pronouns.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationContinuity and Variation in Germanic and Romance
    PublisherOxford University Press
    Number of pages18
    ISBN (Electronic)9780198841166
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2021


    • Complementizers
    • Demonstratives
    • English
    • French
    • German
    • Relative pronouns

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Arts and Humanities
    • General Social Sciences


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