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Query Details


Query Subject:   Multiple wh-interrogatives
Author:   Carsten Breul
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Syntax

Query:   Dear all,

In a study of the syntax of multiple wh-XP interrogatives especially
in Polish, Ewa Dornisch (''Discourse-Linking and Multiple
_wh_-Questions in Polish'', in Gussmann, E. (ed.), _Licensing in Syntax
and Phonology_, 1995) describes the following context for multiple
wh-XP interrogatives:

''After A's birthday party, A and B are standing in front of the table
on which the gifts are piled. B wants to know who gave A each
particular gift.''

I would like to know if the following multiple wh-XP interrogatives
are acceptable for speakers of English in this context:

(1) What did who bring?
(2) Which present did who bring?

Thank you very much in advance.

Carsten Breul


Dr. Carsten Breul
Universitaet Duisburg
FB 3; Anglistik
47048 Duisburg
Germany
c.breul@uni-duisburg.de
or
carsten.breul@ruhr-uni-bochum.de
LL Issue: 10.1830
Date posted: 30-Nov-1999



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