Biologically Localized Merge of Topics in Mandarin Chinese
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The present article is devoted to the study of the biological localization of merging topics in Mandarin Chinese. The canonical topic structures in Chinese can be classified into 2 types: scrambling topic structures and left dislocated topic structures. In the first type, the topic is moved from its original position of an object or an adjunct to the spec CP position of the sentence; while in the second type, the topic is base generated in the spec CP position. The displaced topic is internally merged with its comment and the base generated topic is externally merged with its comment. Both logical possibilities of merge are localized laterally in BA 44.
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