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ERIC Number: EJ965841
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0379-0037
"Wh"-Questions in the English Language
Mowarin, Macaulay
Indian Journal of Applied Linguistics, v37 n1 p83-96 Jan-Jun 2011
This paper analyzes "wh"-questions in the English Language based mainly on Chomsky's Minimalist Programme of transformational grammar as the theoretical model. The four main objectives of this paper are as follows: first, it undertakes a cross linguistic typological analysis of "wh"-questions and it then discusses the derivation of "wh"-interrogatives in English. The discussion on the derivation of "wh"-questions focuses on Head-to-Head movement and operator movement as the two transformations used to derive "wh"-interrogatives in the language. Second, the paper evaluates the pied-piping of bi-lexical and multi-lexical "wh"-phrases in English. Third, the derivation of direct and indirect "wh"-questions in embedded clauses are also discussed. Finally, the constraints on "wh"-movement are identified and analyzed with copious examples. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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