Wh-Movement by Lisa Lai Shen Cheng
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Wh-Movement
By Lisa Lai Shen Cheng

Wh-Movement

Moving On

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Foreword by Noam Chomsky See other recent books by Noam Chomsky
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Wh-Movement by Lisa Lai Shen Cheng

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Wh-movement--the phenomenon by which interrogative words appear at the beginning of interrogative sentences--is one of the central displacement operations of human language. Noam Chomsky's 1977 paper "On Wh-Movement," a landmark in the study of wh-movement (and movement in general), showed that this computational operation is the basis of a variety of syntactic constructions that had previously been described in terms of construction-specific rules. Taking Chomsky's paper as a starting point, the contributors to this collection reconsider a number of the issues raised in "On Wh-Movement" from the perspective of contemporary Minimalist syntactic theory (which explores the thesis that human language is a system optimally designed to meet certain interface conditions imposed by other cognitive systems with which the language faculty interacts). They discuss such wh-movement issues as wh-phrases and pied-piping, the formation of A-bar chains and the copy theory of movement, cyclicity and locality of wh-movement, and the typology of wh-constructions. By reconsidering core characteristics of the wh-movement operation first systematically discussed by Chomsky from the Minimalist perspective, this volume contributes to the further development of the theory of wh-movement and to the general theory of movement.Contributors:Brian Agbayani, Lisa Lai-Shen Cheng, Sandra Chung, Norbert Corver, Caterina Donati, Kleanthes K. Grohmann, Toru Ishii, Heejeong Ko, Howard Lasnik, Philip LeSourd, Chris H. Reintges, Luigi Rizzi, Balzs Surnyi, Akira Watanabe, Henrietta Yang

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780262532792
ISBN-10: 0262532794
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 23-Jun-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Lisa Lai Shen Cheng

Lisa Lai-Shen Cheng is Professor of Linguistics at Leiden University

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