Optimal Questions

Peter Ackema, Ad Neeleman

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In this paper we present an analysis of question formation couched in an optimality-theoretic framework. Particular attention will be paid to the typology of multiple questions. It will be argued that this typology can be derived from the reranking of two constraints on question formation and a condition disfavoring movement. The discussion is mainly based on English, Bulgarian, Czech and Chinese/Japanese, which instantiate four basic patterns of multiple question formation. Some specific problems posed by French and Irish are also addressed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)443-490
Number of pages48
JournalNatural Language and Linguistic Theory
Publication statusPublished - 1998

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