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Quʼest-ce-que (<i>qu</i>)-<i>est-ce-que</i>?: A Case Study in Comparative Romance Interrogative Syntax

Nicola Munaro and Jean-Yves Pollock

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Syntax

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780195136517
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195136517.013.0013

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 Quʼest-ce-que (qu)-est-ce-que?: A Case Study in Comparative Romance Interrogative Syntax

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This article presents a case study on the comparative interrogative syntax of Romance languages. It aims to provide a better understanding of the syntax of the extremely common (que)est-ce que/qui questions of modern French and Northern Italian dialects. The article identifies the syntactic and semantic differences between wh-words and complex wh-phrases. It also discusses the subject versus nonsubject and bare versus nonbare asymmetries of problems.

Keywords: Romance languages; interrogative syntax; French dialects; Northern Italian dialects; wh-words; wh-phrases

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Subjects: Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology ; Language Families

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