Chapter published in:Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Vietnamese Linguistics
Edited by Nigel Duffield, Trang Phan and Tue Trinh
[Studies in Language Companion Series 211] 2019
► pp. 81–112
On ‘wh-questions in Vietnamese’
This paper offers an extended critique of an article by Bruening & Tran (2006) concerning wh-questions in Vietnamese. Drawing on both language-internal and cross-linguistic evidence, attention is brought to bear on several empirical shortcomings in Bruening & Tran’s analysis, as a result of which the constituency of wh-question constructions in this language is misrepresented. An alternative treatment is proposed which attempts to remedy these difficulties, and, in so doing, may also explain some additional distributional and interpretive anomalies.
Keywords: Vietnamese syntax, wh-questions, island constraints, covert movement vs. unselective binding
Published online: 09 October 2019
Bruening, Benjamin & Tran, Thuan
Cao, Xuân Hạo
Cheng, Lisa Lai-Shen
McCloskey, James & Sells, Peter
Oshima, David Y.
Pollard, Carl & Sag, Ivan A.
Schlegloff, Emanuel A.