This volume is the first comprehensive overview of the syntax and semantics of wh-scope marking. Wh-scope marking constructions have recently received a lot of attention; their very existence and their intricate properties have important consequences for syntax, semantics, and the syntax–semantics interface (e.g., with respect to the wh-criterion, the wh-movement parameter, feature checking, the theory of locality, the interpretation of wh-phrases and why-chains, and the nature of LF). The fifteen contributions share the basic assumptions of the Chomskyan approach to syntax and the model-theoretic approach to semantics; they address a variety of languages (among them German, Hindi, Hungarian, English, Frisian, Kikuyu, and Malay). A recurrent theme in all articles is whether wh-scope marking should be analyzed in terms of a direct, indirect, or mixed dependency. The wealth of cross-linguistic empirical evidence and the theory-independent relevance of the conclusions should make this book the ultimate source of information on wh-scope marking for years to come.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 37] 2000. vi, 483 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
IntroductionUli Lutz, Gereon Müller and Arnim von Stechow | pp. 1–16
Wh-Scope Marking: Direct vs. Indirect DependencySigrid Beck and Stephen Berman | pp. 17–44
Scope Marking and Calusal TypingEllen Brandner | pp. 45–75
Moving Just the FeatureLisa Lai-Shen Cheng | pp. 77–99
Partial Wh-Movement: Evidence from MalayPeter Cole and Gabriella Hermon | pp. 101–139
On the Wh-Expletive Was in GermanFranz-Josef d'Avis | p. 131
Scope Marking: Cross-Linguistic Variation In Indirect DependencyVeneeta Dayal | pp. 157–193
Towards a Minimalist Theory of Wh-Expletives, Wh-Copying, and Successive CyclicityGisbert Fanselow and Anoop K. Mahajan | pp. 195–230
Towards a Superior Account of SuperiorityHubert Haider | pp. 231–248
The W-… W- Construction: Appositive or Scops Indicating?Tilman N. Höhle | pp. 249–270
On the Syntax of “Wh-Scope Marker” Constructions: Some Comparative EvidenceJulia Horvath | pp. 271–316
Towards a Unified Treatment of Wh-Expletives in Hindi and GermanAnoop K. Mahajan | pp. 317–332
Absolute and Relative. On Scope in German Wh-Sentences, W- … W-Constructions IncludedJürgen Pafel | pp. 333–358
On the Parenthetical Features of German. Was… W-Constructions and How to Account for themMarga Reis | pp. 359–407
Partial Wh-Movement and the Typology of Wh-QuestionsJoachim Sabel | pp. 409–446
Partial Wh-Movement, Scope marking, and Transparent Logical FormArnim von Stechow | pp. 447–478
Index | pp. 479–483
“The present volume is unique in that it represents the most thorough and systematic crosslinguistic investigation of wh-scope marking constructions available to date. The book has been carefully edited and contains a useful index, and the articles are well cross-referenced. Both the extent of empirical coverage and the depth of analysis provided by this volume are impressive.”
Claudia Felser (University of Essex) in Journal of Germanic Linguistics 13:3, 2001
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