Focus and Wh Constructions

Enoch Oladé Aboh

in The Morphosyntax of Complement-Head Sequences

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780195159905
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788125 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax

 Focus and Wh Constructions

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This chapter investigates two other instantiations of the C-system: focalization and wh-questions. Firstly it examines constructions in Gungbe and shows that this language involves a focus process that necessarily triggers leftward movement of the focused category (i.e., a maximal projection or a head) to a specific focus position. It then argues that focus phrases and wh-phrases are licensed in the focus position, [spec FocP], and a last section concludes the chapter.

Keywords: C-system; focalization; wh-questions; Gungbe focus sentences

Chapter.  20519 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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