That-trace effects are yet to be explained away: challenges for prosody-based accounts
Luis Miguel Toquero-PĂ©rez
November 2020

That-trace effects in English have been treated as violations of prosodic wellformedness conditions, i.e. Kandybowicz (2006a) and Sato & Dobashi (2016): the C head and the trace cannot be parsed in the same prosodic phrase. Satisfying this condition allows for amelioration effects induced by sentential adverbs and narrow focus on the embedded verb. However, I argue that a [C t] prosodic parse cannot be the reason for that-trace effects since such a prosodic phrase should never be posited by the postsyntactic system in the first place. I discuss empirical and conceptual arguments that support such a conclusion. As a result, although promising, the accounts that aim to explain that-trace effects in terms of the prosodic ill-formedness of a C-t adjacency, cannot be correct. An explanation for the that-trace effects and their amelioration is still outstanding.
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keywords: that-trace effects; syntax-prosody; function words; relative clauses; narrow focus
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