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Query Details

Query Subject:   Typology of multiple questions
Author:   Ralf Vogel
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Query:   Dear co-linguists,

I'm interested in the typology of the syntax of questions
and would be very happy, if anybody could help me in
answering the following question:

The syntax of interrogative clauses varies in several ways
among languages. First, there are languages that have
wh-movement, like Engish, and languages that don't have it,
like Korean (for ease of reading, I'm only giving glosses):

1 a English: What did John eat _?
b Korean: John what ate?

Second, many languages can have multiple wh-elements within
one clause, but there are also some that cannot, Italian is
supposed to be such a language. However, Italian is a
wh-movement language. I haven't found yet information abou
*wh-in-situ languages that cannot form multiple questions*,

2 a English: What did you do _ where?
b Italian: *What did you _ where?

3 a Korean: you what where did?
b ??????: *you what where did?

Does anybody know a language like 3b, i.e., a wh-in-situ
language that has no multiple questions? I would also be
very happy about hints to work dealing with this question. I
will post a summary of the answers to the list, if there are
any interesting results. Thanks in advance.

Dr. Ralf Vogel
Institute of Linguistics
University of Potsdam

LL Issue: 12.1420
Date posted: 23-May-2001


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