Publication details [#8144]

Ross, John Robert. 1981. Why I don't invert in 'why' questions, mommy and daddy? In Sankoff, David and Henriette Cedergren, eds. Variation omnibus. Linguistic Research. pp. 239–248.
Publication type
Article in book
Publication language
Person as a subject


R. adduces five kinds of evidence for the assumption that 'why' (and reason adverbials in general) are more loosely attached to clauses than are other post-verbal elements, and to support the notion of 'degree of integration' proposed to explain inverted order acquisition in 'why' questions by W. Labov, T.Labov (1978: 'Learning the syntax of questions').