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Information Structure in Yes/No-Questions

Silvio Cruschina

in Discourse-Related Features and Functional Projections

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199759613
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932658 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759613.003.0006

Series: Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax

Information Structure in Yes/No-Questions

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Chapter 5 analyses the role of information structure and discourse‐related features in yes/no‐questions. The principle governing word order in yes/no‐questions in Sicilian proves to be essentially the same as in declaratives. Only the constituent under the scope of the covert interrogative operator can be focused, undergoing fronting under the appropriate pragmatic conditions. All the non‐focused constituents must be extraposed to dedicated topic positions. The relationship between certain particles and the focus of the interrogative sentence is also discussed, with emphasis on the interplay between word order and extension and the focus, as well as on the variation with respect to the formal marking of yes/no-questions in several Romance varieties.

Keywords: interrogative sentences; extension of the focus; interrogative operator; interrogative particles; word order

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Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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