SYNTAX: the category of the
complementizer of embedded clauses. In
languages exhibiting the Verb Second
phenomenon the COMP position is the ultimate landing site of the finite verb in
root clauses. Originally it was assumed that
wh-phrases such as who in who did you see?, is in the
COMP-position in order to explain why, in English, the presence of a
wh-phrase usually excludes the presence of a complementizer
(Doubly-Filled COMP filter).
The standard assumption now is that COMP, or rather C0, heads its own syntactic
projection - CP - and that wh-phrases,
relative pronouns and other preposed material are in the
specifier position of CP.
|LIT.||Chomsky, N. (1986b)|
Lasnik, H. and M. Saito (1992)
Riemsdijk, H. van and E. Williams (1986)