Typological differences in the formation of multiple Wh-questions are well-known. One option is fronting all Wh-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 Wh-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 Wh-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 Wh-questions and offers up-to-date analyses of the topic. It will be indispensable for scholars investigating multiple Wh-questions, and will find an appropriate audience in advanced students and faculty alike.
- Hardback | 292 pages
- 152.4 x 221 x 20.3mm | 498.95g
- 01 Sep 2003
- John Benjamins Publishing Co
- Amsterdam, Netherlands
Table of contents
1. Acknowledgements; 2. List of contributors; 3. Introduction (by Boeckx, Cedric); 4. Symmetries and asymmetries in multiple checking (by Boeckx, Cedric); 5. On wh-islands and obligatory wh-movement contexts in South Slavic (by Boskovic, Zeljko); 6. On the nature of multiple fronting in Yiddish (by Diesing, Molly); 7. On the morphosyntax of wh-movement (by Dikken, Marcel den); 8. German is a multiple wh-fronting language! (by Grohmann, Kleanthes K.); 9. Deriving Anti-Superiority effects: Multiple wh-questions in Japanese and Korean (by Jeong, Youngmi); 10. Conjoined questions in Hungarian (by Liptak, Aniko); 11. Persian wh-riddles (by Lotfi, Ahmad R.); 12. Non-wh-fronting in Basque (by Reglero, Lara); 13. Malagasy as an optional multiple wh-fronting language (by Sabel, Joachim); 14. Multiple wh-fronting in Serbo-Croatian matrix questions and the matrix sluicing construction (by Stjepanovic, Sandra); 15. Index