Argument Topics and Yes-No Questions

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

 Argument Topics and Yes-No Questions

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This chapter extends the analysis proposed in Chapter 7 to Gungbe topic constructions and yes-no questions. It is argued that the sentence-final low tone is the reflex of a ‘quasi-null’ morpheme that functions as yes-no question marker (QM). This QM heads an interrogative projection InterP that projects within the C-system and whose specifier hosts the clause. In this context, the QM has scope over the whole clause, which is interpreted as a yes-no question.

Keywords: Gungbe topic constructions; yes-no questions; C-system; clause; yes-no question marker

Chapter.  15144 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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