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

Paperback | September 7, 2010

bySeth Cable

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The Grammar of Q puts forth a novel syntactic and semantic analysis of wh-questions, one that is 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.Cable 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 a mereby-product of fronting the QP projected by this Q. From this core observation, he develops a syntax and semantics for Tlingit wh-questions.Given the strong similarity between the wh-constructions of Tlingit and those of more widely studied languages, Cable applies his analysis to a range of other languages and finds that such a 'Q-based' theory holds a number of interesting consequences in syntax and semantics.

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The Grammar of Q puts forth a novel syntactic and semantic analysis of wh-questions, one that is 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.Cable b...

Seth Cable is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:September 7, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195392272

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Wh-Fronting and Q-Movement in Tlingit3. Applications to Wh-In-Situ Languages4. Applications to Other Wh-Fronting Languages, Pied-Piping and Intervention Effects5. Constraints on Pied-Piping and Secondary Wh-Fronting6. Conclusion