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Title: Multiple Wh-Fronting
Edited By: Cedric Boeckx
Kleanthes K. Grohmann
URL: http://www.benjamins.nl/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LA_64
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 64

Typological differences in the formation of multiple Wh-questions are well-known. One option is fronting all Wh-phrases to the sentence periphery. The contributions to this volume all explore this option from a number of perspectives. Topics covered include finer investigations of the “classic” multiple Wh-fronting languages (such as the South Slavic languages Bulgarian and Serbo-Croatian), extensions to less well studied languages (Basque, Malagasy, Persian, Yiddish), explorations for languages that don’t obviously fall into this category (German, Hungarian), peripheral effects (optionality of fronting, Superiority vs. Anti-Superiority etc.), interface issues (with semantics, pragmatics, and phonology), and simply theoretical approaches aiming to capture the mechanisms involved in multiple Wh-fronting strategies. The theoretical framework adopted throughout is the Minimalist Program, viewed from different angles. This volume brings together some of the leading experts on the syntax of Wh-questions and offers up-to-date analyses of the topic. It will be indispensable for scholars investigating multiple Wh -questions, and will find an appropriate audience in advanced students and faculty alike.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements vii
List of contributors viii
Cedric Boeckx and Kleanthes K. Grohmann 1–15
Symmetries and asymmetries in multiple checking
Cedric Boeckx 17–26
On wh-islands and obligatory wh-movement contexts in South Slavic
Zeljko Boškovic 27–50
On the nature of multiple fronting in Yiddish
Molly Diesing 51–76
On the morphosyntax of wh-movement
Marcel den Dikken 77–98
German is a multiple wh-fronting language!
Kleanthes K. Grohmann 99–130
Deriving Anti-Superiority effects: Multiple wh-questions in Japanese and Korean
Youngmi Jeong 131–140
Conjoined questions in Hungarian
Anikó Lipták 141–160
Persian wh-riddles
Ahmad R. Lotfi 161–186
Non-wh-fronting in Basque
Lara Reglero 187–227
Malagasy as an optional multiple wh-fronting language
Joachim Sabel 229–254
Multiple wh-fronting in Serbo-Croatian matrix questions and the matrix sluicing construction
Sandra Stjepanovic 255–284
Index 285–289

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Generative Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 902722787X
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: x, 292 pp.
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588114198
ISBN-13: 9781588114198
Pages: x, 292 pp.
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