The Particle <i>ne</i> in Direct <i>yes-no</i> Questions

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This paper examines the particle <i>ne </i>in direct <i>yes-no </i>questions in Assamese. The particle <i>ne </i>occurs in the clause final position. When overt it is optionally followed by a negative element <i>nai </i>‘is not’ or the <i>k</i>-word <i>ki </i>‘what’. Constituent <i>wh</i>-questions have an abstract Q morpheme in the C position. Our study shows that the <i>yes-no </i>questions too have an abstract Q morpheme in the C position. The particle <i>ne </i>is not a question particle but a [+wh] disjunctive marker. The negative <i>nai </i>and the <i>k</i>-word<i>ki </i>are not constituents of the Disjunctive Phrase. They occur outside the matrix clause and are constituents of the second clause, which is conjoined to the matrix clause by the disjunctive particle <i>ne</i>.


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