SYNTAX: the extraction island created by an embedded sentence which is introduced by a wh-word. EXAMPLE: the complement of wonder in (i)b is a wh-island. The contrast with (i)a serves to show that it is the wh-element to whom which blocks the extraction of what.
(i) a what did you think [Bert gave t to Bobje] b *what did you wonder [to whom Bert gave t t]The ill-formedness of (i)b is usually explained as a Subjacency violation. In the Minimalist Program, wh-islands are analyzed as an effect of the Minimal Link Condition.
|LIT.||Chomsky, N. (1986b)|
Chomsky, N. (1981)
Chomsky, N. (1964)
Ross, J.R. (1967)