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Wh-Scoping in Syntactic Wh-Fronting Languages

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Authors
Yoo, Eun-Jung
Issue Date
2004
Publisher
서울대학교 언어교육원
Citation
어학연구, Vol.40 No.1, pp. 27-58
Keywords
wh-interrogativeswh-scopewh-frontingin-situ wh-phrasesin-situ wh-questionsoptional wh-frontingmultiple wh-fronting
Abstract
This paper examines various types of syntactic wh-fronting languages in order to offer a non-derivational account of wh-scoping in these languages. While English is commonly regarded as a typical wh-fronting language, it also exhibits an in-situ type of non-reprise wh-questions, which we analyze as a subtype of interrogative clause that does not involve an unmotivated unary branching structure. The subtype in-situ-wh-int-cl that we posit for English is also useful for the account of in-situ questions in 'optional wh-fronting languages' like French and Iraqi Arabic. While both fronting and in-situ patterns are available in these languages, they exhibit different restrictions on in-situ wh-question formation. This paper discusses what constraints are responsible for the language-particular differences on the distributions of in-situ wh-phrases. It also provides a comparison with the wh-scoping patterns in multiple wh-fronting languages, with the discussion of some typological implications.
ISSN
0254-4474
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/86279
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Language Education Institute (언어교육원)Language Research (어학연구)Language Research (어학연구) Volume 40 Number 1/4 (2004)
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