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ERIC Number: ED309632
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 15
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Yiddish WH-Clauses, Subject-Postponing, and Topicalization.
Prince, Ellen F.
An analysis of two different WH-clause types (relative clauses and free relatives/indirect questions) in Yiddish investigates the acceptability of a gap in the first position. A model is presented that accounts for the differences between the two by positing three constraints on their formation. It is then argued that either these constraints follow directly from discourse facts about the function of syntactic form, in which case they need not be stated at all in the syntax, or they are grammaticizations of those discourse facts. More specifically, it is argued that patterns result from certain interactions of the three types of WH-clauses with subject postponing and topicalization, and that these interactions reflect the discourse functions of the constructions in question. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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