Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy

Interrogative Phrases and the Syntax-Semantics Interface

Authors: Comorovski, Ileana

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Interrogative Phrases and the Syntax-Semantics Interface starts by analyzing the interpretation of interrogative phrases in single and multiple constituent questions, including their interpretation under adverbs of quantification. The results are then put to work in a novel approach to some of the constraints on dependencies between fronted interrogative phrases and the associated gaps: superiority, weak crossover, as well as the so-called `weak islands' (the WH-island, the negative island and the Factive Island). It is argued that the possibility of fronting an interrogative phrase out of these configurations is determined by a semantic/pragmatic condition on questions, which requires them to be answerable. The analysis is worked out principally on Romanian, a language which allows multiple wh-fronting. The results are then extended to English.
Audience: Researchers and students in syntax, semantics and their interface, as well as linguists studying the relation between the acceptability of sentences and the larger discourse context.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Interrogative Phrases and the Syntax-Semantics Interface
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy
Series Volume
59
Copyright
1996
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-015-8688-7
DOI
10.1007/978-94-015-8688-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-3804-8
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-4641-3
Series ISSN
0924-4662
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 196
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