Romance Interrogative Syntax

Formal and typological dimensions of variation

ORCID logoCaterina Bonan | University of Cambridge
ISBN 9789027208453 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027260123 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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This monograph offers an innovative understanding of the mechanisms involved in Romance ‘optional’ wh-in situ. New supporting evidence in favour of Cable’s (2010) Grammar of Q is presented, as well as novel implementations of his original theory. In particular, it is claimed that wh-in situ idioms are characterised not only by language-specific choices between Q-projection and Q-adjunction, and between overt and covert movement of Q, but also in terms of the locus where they check the features relevant to wh-questions: while some languages check both [q] and [focus] in C, others make use of the clause-internal vP-periphery to check [focus]. Thanks to the vast amount of data presented and discussed, along with the predictions and theoretical contributions made, this monograph will be of interest to a wide range of specialists in human language, from typologists to Romance specialists and formal syntacticians, but also to the many experts in languages with overt Q-particles who wonder why Romance specialists have long been so resistant to the implementation of silent Q-particles in their theoretical models.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 266] 2021.  xiv, 252 pp.
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2022. A contrastive perspective on French and Italian wh-in situ questions. Functions of Language 29:1  pp. 25 ff. DOI logo
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Main BIC Subject

CFK: Grammar, syntax

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009060: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2020055024 | Marc record