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AuthorDayal, Veneeta. author
TitleLocality in WH Quantification [electronic resource] : Questions and Relative Clauses in Hindi / by Veneeta Dayal
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 1996
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Descript 256 p. 1 illus. online resource


Locality in WH Quantification argues that Logical Form, the level that mediates between syntax and semantics, is derived from S-structure by strictly local movement. The primary data for the claim of locality at LF is drawn from Hindi but English data is used in discussing the semantics of questions and relative clauses. The book takes a cross-linguistic perspective showing how the Hindi and English facts can be brought to bear on the theory of universal grammar. There are several phenomena generally thought to involve long-distance dependencies at LF, such as scope marking, long-distance list answers and correlatives. In this book they are handled by explicating novel types of local relationships that interrogative and relative clauses can enter. Amore articulated semantics is shown leading to a simpler syntax. Among other issues addressed is the switch from uniqueness/maximality effects in single WH constructions to list readings in multiple WH constructions. These effects are captured by adapting the treatment of WH expressions as quantifying over functions to the cases of multiple WH questions and correlatives. List readings due to functional dependencies are systematically distinguished from those that are based on plurality


I: Introduction -- 1. Questions -- 2. Relative Clauses -- 3. Theoretical Assumptions -- II: The Scope of Hindi WH -- 1. Hindi in the Typology of Wh Movement -- 2. LF Movement of Hindi Wh -- 3. Overt Movement of Hindi Wh -- 4. Alternatives to Subjacency at LF -- Conclusion -- III: Locality in Scope Marking -- 1. The Syntax of Scope Marking -- 2. The Semantics of Scope Marking -- 3. Scope Marking Across Languages -- 4. Implications for the Semantics of Questions -- Conclusion -- IV: Long-Distance List Answers -- 1. The Problem of Locality -- 2. The Semantics of Questions -- 3. D-linking and Long-Distance Lists -- 4. Plurality and Long-Distance Lists -- Conclusion -- V: Relativization Structures in Hindi -- 1. Adjoined Relative Clauses -- 2. Right Adjunction and Noun Modification -- 3. Locality in Correlatives -- Conclusion -- VI: Relative Clauses as Definites -- 1. A Semantics for Correlatives -- 2. Multiple Wh Correlatives -- 3. Apparent Exceptions to Uniqueness -- 4. Relatives as Definites Across Languages -- Conclusion -- VII: Concluding Remarks -- 1. A Summary -- 2. The Nature of Logical Form -- References -- Author Index

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