Edited by Abdel-Khalig Ali and Atiqa Hachimi
[Studies in Arabic Linguistics 11] 2022
► pp. 147–166
Remnant-movement analysis of questions with final wh-words in Jordanian Arabic
This paper investigates a subclass of questions in which the wh-word appears question-finally in Jordanian Arabic. It proposes that such questions are syntactically derived by two movements. First, the wh-word moves to the Spec of Focus Phrase in the left periphery of the question (cf. Rizzi, 1997). This is followed by the movement of the remnant TP to a higher position in the left periphery (the Spec of Topic Phrase), c-commanding the already-moved wh-word. Pragmatic and syntactic evidence is provided to motivate this analysis. Two competing alternatives of the derivation of these questions (the in-situ analysis and the right-ward movement of final wh-words) are discussed and rejected based on empirical evidence.
- 2.P-wh-questions in JA
- 3.Pragmatics of P-wh-questions
- 4.Syntactic account of P-wh-questions in JA