December 6th, 2010

  • _delly_

Maybe it's not relevant, but it's worth a try

I 'm doing a small research project in chomskian syntax  and for my purposes I came across the following sentence:

'*which dog did Mary wonder if she should buy?'

The alternative with "whether" instead of 'if' is obviously a subjacency violation.  This one is obviously ungrammatical, however I cannot explain why. It seems like Subjacency and ECP are not violated. What else could it be?

If this isn't a proper place to ask this question, perhaps you'll help me with finding the right place :)