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Query Details


Query Subject:   Qs: Textling. Confs, temporality in narr. texts
Author:   Miura Ikuo
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Syntax
Subject Language(s):  English


Query:   Sat, 5 Sep 1998 13:39:08 +0900 (JST)
Miura Ikuo
a966702d@eds.ecip.nagoya-u.ac.jp
Multiple wh-questions

Dear linguists,

I am going to write a peper about multiple wh-quesitons. So I would
like to know the grammatical status of some English multiple
wh-quesitons. In the literature, it is observed that while the
sentence in (1a) is grammatical, the corresponding (1b) is not.


(1) a. Who said what?

b. What did who say?


First, I want to know whether the following pairs of sentences exhibit
the same contrast as in (1).


(2) a. Whose mother bought what?

b. What did whose mother buy?

(3) a. People from where bought what?

b. What did people from where buy?

(4) a. Tell me whose advisor is where.

b. Tell me Where whose advisor is?


The sentences in (2a) and (3a) are from Stroik (1995), who says that
they are grammatical. But he doesn't mention about the grammaticality
of (2b) and (3b).

In the literature, psych-verbs like 'worry' and 'annoy' which take
the experiencer argument as the object behave differently from verbs
like 'say' with respect to some phenomena like anaphor binding. So I
want to know whether or not multiple wh-questions of psych-verbs like
(5) and (6) exhibit the same grammticality of (1).


(5) a. What worries who?

b. Who does what worry?

(6) a. What annoies who?

b, Who does what annoy?

If you can help, please reply to me personally. Thank you.


Ikuo Miura

(a966702d@eds.ecip.nagoya-u.ac.jp)

Reference
Stroik, Thomas S. (1995) ''Some Remarks on Superiority Effects,'' Lingua
95, 239-258.
LL Issue: 9.1233
Date posted: 07-Sep-1998



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