Unique Focus

Languages without multiple wh-questions

| University of Frankfurt
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This monograph focuses on an interesting typological property shared by four languages: the ungrammaticality of multiple wh-questions in Irish, Berber, Italian and Somali. It contains a broad discussion of data related to the grammar of wh-questions, a comparative analysis of wh-constructions in the four languages, and a theoretical account for the observed phenomenon. The analysis is based on the minimalist syntax theory as developed by Chomsky since 1995. It takes up the standard assumption that wh-phrases are typical representatives of elements bearing new information, in theoretical terms referred to as information focus. Most importantly, in the languages without multiple wh-questions the information focus is licensed in a unique syntactic position. The basic claim is that languages with unique focus are languages without multiple wh-questions. The analysis makes possible the classification of the languages without multiple wh-questions into the crosslinguistic typology of wh-constructions. Furthermore, this book is a contribution to the better understanding of information structure in natural languages, especially of focusing phenomena.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 123]  2008.  xi, 184 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
ix
Abbreviations
xi
Chapter 1. Introduction
1–13
Chapter 2. Previous analyses of the ungrammaticality of multiple wh-questions
15–32
Chapter 3. The overview: What is possible in which language?
33–139
Chapter 4. Analysis
141–161
Chapter 5. Conclusion
163–168
Bibliography
169–177
Index
179–184
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2008003420 | Marc record