Romance Interrogative Syntax
Formal and typological dimensions of variation
Caterina Bonan | University of Cambridge
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.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements | pp. xi–xii
Conventions | pp. xiii–xiv
Projections (and X′-related notations) | p. xiv
Introduction | pp. 2–21
Chapter 1. Wh-in situ in Northern Italian dialects | pp. 24–53
Chapter 2. On short movement of clause-internal wh-elements: Wh-to-Foc | pp. 56–90
Chapter 3. Wh-to-Foc is focus-driven | pp. 92–129
Chapter 4. More on Trevisan wh-in situ | pp. 132–162
Chapter 5. On the theory of Romance wh-in situ | pp. 164–219
Conclusions | pp. 222–236
References | pp. 237–250
Index | p. 251
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Main BIC Subject
CFK: Grammar, syntax
Main BISAC Subject
LAN009060: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax