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AbstractConcealed questions (CQs) are DPs that function as embedded questions. Although various attempts have been made to establish which DPs can and cannot be CQs, none of these attempts has been completely successful. I argue that the constraints on CQ DPs are the same as the constraints on subjects of embedded specificational wh- questions. I show that one apparent exception, the requirement that a specificational subject be topical, is a matter of felicity rather than grammaticality, but the existence of nontopical CQs does offer insight into the structural difference between CQs and embedded questions. I conclude by proposing that a CQ is a small clause whose predicative DP has risen into the matrix clause to produce a specificational structure.
Degree ProgramHonors College