Multiple <i>Wh</i>-Fronting

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  • Editors: Cedric Boeckx1, and Kleanthes K. Grohmann2
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2003
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027296467

Typological differences in the formation of multiple <i>Wh</i>-questions are well-known. One option is fronting all <i>Wh</i>-phrases to the sentence periphery. The contributions to this volume all explore this option from a number of perspectives. Topics covered include finer investigations of the “classic” multiple <i>Wh</i>-fronting languages (such as the South Slavic languages Bulgarian and Serbo-Croatian), extensions to less well studied languages (Basque, Malagasy, Persian, Yiddish), explorations for languages that don’t obviously fall into this category (German, Hungarian), peripheral effects (optionality of fronting, Superiority vs. Anti-Superiority etc.), interface issues (with semantics, pragmatics, and phonology), and simply theoretical approaches aiming to capture the mechanisms involved in multiple <i>Wh</i>-fronting strategies. The theoretical framework adopted throughout is the Minimalist Program, viewed from different angles. This volume brings together some of the leading experts on the syntax of <i>Wh</i>-questions and offers up-to-date analyses of the topic. It will be indispensable for scholars investigating multiple <i>Wh</i>-questions, and will find an appropriate audience in advanced students and faculty alike.

Subjects: Syntax; Generative linguistics

  • Affiliations: 1: Harvard University; 2: University of Cologne

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