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8.10: Wh-Movement

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  • The last unit showed that the MOVE operation can move a head from its Deep Structure position to another position at Surface Structure. In this unit, we see that MOVE can take a wh-phrase from its Deep Structure position and move it to SpecCP at Surface Structure.
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    1. Which tree diagram correctly represents the Deep Structure for the question, “Who did Brenda see at the gym?

    2. Which tree diagram correctly represents the Surface Structure for the question, “Where did you get that hat?

    3. Which tree diagram correctly represents the Surface Structure for the question, “Why should I trust you?

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