LINGUIST List 32.1380

Mon Apr 19 2021

Books: Romance Interrogative Syntax: Bonan

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Date: 12-Apr-2021
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Subject: Romance Interrogative Syntax: Bonan
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Title: Romance Interrogative Syntax
Subtitle: Formal and typological dimensions of variation
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 266
Published: 2021
Publisher: John Benjamins

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Author: Caterina Bonan
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027260123 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027260123 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 83.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027260123 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027208453 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027208453 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 83.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027208453 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 104.94

This monograph offers an innovative understanding of the mechanisms involved in Romance ‘optional’ wh-in situ. New supporting evidence in favour of Cable’s (2010) Grammar of Q is presented, as well as novel implementations of his original theory. In particular, it is claimed that wh-in situ idioms are characterised not only by language-specific choices between Q-projection and Q-adjunction, and between overt and covert movement of Q, but also in terms of the locus where they check the features relevant to wh-questions: while some languages check both [q] and [focus] in C, others make use of the clause-internal vP-periphery to check [focus]. Thanks to the vast amount of data presented and discussed, along with the predictions and theoretical contributions made, this monograph will be of interest to a wide range of specialists in human language, from typologists to Romance specialists and formal syntacticians, but also to the many experts in languages with overt Q-particles who wonder why Romance specialists have long been so resistant to the implementation of silent Q-particles in their theoretical models.

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Language Family(ies): Romance

Written In: English (eng)

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