LINGUIST List 15.1268

Tue Apr 20 2004

Sum: Polar Interrogatives without Auxiliaries

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  1. Bruno Estigarribia, Sum: Polar interrogatives without auxiliaries

Message 1: Sum: Polar interrogatives without auxiliaries

Date: Sun, 18 Apr 2004 17:00:38 -0400 (EDT)
From: Bruno Estigarribia <>
Subject: Sum: Polar interrogatives without auxiliaries


A concise version of my somewhat longer question to the list (Linguist
15.705) Qs: Polar Interrogatives, posted on the 26th of February: I am
currently working on acquisition of yes/no questions in English and I
need to look at bibliography on questions in adult (or child) English,
in particular acceptable polar interrogatives without auxiliaries (or
without inversion).

Thanks to everyone who replied.

Brady Zack Clark pointed me to Justin Fitzpatrick's handout

Arnold Zwicky suggested:

- Akmajian, Adrian. Linguistics, an introduction to language and
communication / Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c1979

- Thrasher, Randy. 1973. A conspiracy on the far left. UMPIL

- Miller, Jim & Regina Weinert. 1998. Spontaneous spoken language:
Syntax and discourse. Oxford: Clarendon P.

- Quirk et al., Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language, with
some discussion of the phenomena in sections 12.49 and 12.50

- Huddleston and Pullum's Cambridge Grammar of the English Language,
section 17.7.8.

John Lawler mentioned Randy Thrasher's thesis (1974, Shouldn't Ignore
These Strings: A Study of Conversational Deletion) and a posting to
Linguist List ( with
pointers to other references (including the above cited).

John Rickford suggested that a good place to look at related phenomena
would be the extensive literature on creoles, and Creole Englishes in

Thanks again to all!

Bruno Estigarribia
Graduate Student
Stanford University - Dept. of Linguistics
Office 040B - 1 650 725 2323
Margaret Jacks Hall - Bldg. 460
Stanford, CA 94305

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