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ERIC Number: ED399781
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Pages: 36
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Situating "Que."
Plunkett, Bernadette
York Papers in Linguistics, v17 p265-298 Mar 1996
A study of French "wh" questions, particularly questions using "que" and "quoi," looks at conventional syntactic explanations and presents a new analysis. Relevant facts and pertinent claims about these questions are reviewed, the researcher's assumptions about the working of Wh questions are explained, the new analysis is presented, and theoretical implications are discussed. It is concluded that French questions possess a number of peculiarities that have major implications for understanding Wh movement and how it is motivated within current syntactic theory. A number of revisions to one theory are made to bring it into line with Chomskian theory that checking is a one-way mechanism, helping to explain in part the restrictions on "que" questions widely discussed in the literature on French syntax. A further constraint on the position of "que" is proposed, accounting for the impossibility of "quoi" subject questions. This analysis is seen as supporting, not invalidating, the Minimal Approach. Contains 30 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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