Sum: Polar interrogatives without auxiliaries
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A concise version of my somewhat longer question to the list (Re: Linguist List15.705, 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 http://web.mit.edu/jfitzpat/www/GLOW-handout.pdf
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 1.2.169-79)
- 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
- Huddleston and Pullum's Cambridge Grammar of the English Language,
John Lawler mentioned Randy Thrasher's thesis (1974, Shouldn't Ignore These Strings: A Study of Conversational Deletion) and a posting to Linguist List (http://linguistlist.org/issues/10/10-985.html) 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 particular.
Thanks again to all!
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