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Title:The left periphery of multiple wh-questions in Slovenian
Authors:Mišmaš, Petra (Author)
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Language:English
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Tipology:1.16 - Independent Scientific Component Part or a Chapter in a Monograph
Organization:UNG - University of Nova Gorica
Abstract:In this paper I focus on multiple wh-questions in Slovenian and argue for an analysis in which wh-phrases move to the extended left periphery of the sentence. Assuming the Cartographic approach, I consider the order of wh-phrases in Slovenian multiple wh-questions, which was previously described as free, e.g. Golden (1997). While I confirm that the order of wh-phrases in the left periphery is generally free, I show that there are some exceptions, e.g. zakaj ‘why’ and kako ‘how’ tend to precede other wh-phrases. In addition, I show that the order of wh-phrases with respect to focus and topic phrases is free, but that one wh-phrase needs to appear in a clause initial position for a question to get a true wh-question reading. Based on this, I propose that the clause initial wh-phrase moves to the Interrogative Projection, in the sense of Rizzi (2001a), and the remaining wh-phrases to Wh-Projections. Crucially, because wh-movement is not restricted by a requirement on chains, cf. Krapova & Cinque (2005), the order of wh-phrases is free.
Keywords:wh-questions, multiple wh-fronting, left periphery, syntax, cartography, Slovenian
Year of publishing:2016
COBISS_ID:4604155 Link is opened in a new window
URN:URN:SI:UNG:REP:MARIZ6ZN
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Record is a part of a monograph

Title:Formal studies in Slovenian syntax
Subtitle:In honor of Janez Orešnik
Publisher:John Benjamins
ISBN:9789027257192
Collection title:Linguistik Aktuell
Collection ISSN:0166-0829
Place of publishing:Amsterdam
Year of publishing:2016
Editors:Franc Marušič, Rok Žaucer

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