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The Grammar of Q: Q-Particles, Wh-Movement, and Pied-Piping

Seth Cable


This book puts forth a novel syntactic and semantic analysis of wh-questions based upon in-depth study of the Tlingit language, an endangered and under-documented language of North America. A major consequence of this new approach is that the phenomenon classically dubbed pied-piping does not actually exist. The book begins by arguing that wh-fronting in Tlingit does not involve a syntactic relationship between interrogative C and the wh-word. Rather, it involves a probe/Agree relation between C and an overt ‘Q-particle’ (or ‘Q’) c-commanding the wh-word. Fronting of the wh-word in Tlingit is ... More

Keywords: Tlingit, wh-questions, wh-fronting, pied-piping, Q-particle, intervention effect, superiority, P-stranding, left branch extraction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195392265
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195392265.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Seth Cable, author
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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