assibi.amidu at HF.NTNU.NO
Mon Mar 17 12:43:34 UTC 2008
Your doctoral student might be interested in the following work I
published in 2006.
Amidu, A. A. 2006. Pronouns and Pronominalizations in Kiswahili
Grammar. (Grammatical Analyses of African Languages 27) Cologne
(Köln): Rüdiger Köppe Verlag. Chapter 5 where I refer to multiple WH-
elements and their combinations in Kiswahili might be of interest .
If your student could read the entire work, that would be fine.
The book is available from the publisher who can be reached at:
email: info at koeppe.de
Assibi A. Amidu
Professor of Swahili
Department of language and communication studies,
Norwegian University of Science and Technology - NTNU
N-7491 Trondheim, Norway.
Den 15. mar. 2008 kl. 18.03 skrev Edith Moravcsik:
> A doctoral student here at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is
> carrying out a crosslinguistic survey of multiple wh-questions. So
> far we have not found much published material on the topic. If you
> are able to provide either data or literature references, this
> would be much appreciated.
> The following are the basic research questions.
> 1/ SELECTION OF MULTIPLE WH-WORDS
> What wh-words can cooccur in a question? There are clearly some
> constraints here; for example, in English, (some) wh-words that are
> verb complements can cooccur but adjuncts resist the pattern;
> compare "Who read what?" but "*Who read the book why?"
> 2/ THE LINEAR ORDER OF MULTIPLE WH-WORDS RELATIVE TO THE REST OF
> THE SENTENCE
> Are multiple wh-words "in situ" or do they occupy some other
> 3/ THE LINEAR ORDER OF MULTIPLE WH-WORDS RELATIVE TO EACH OTHER
> Do multiple wh-words that are not "in situ" have a preferred or
> required order relative to each other?
> 4/ DO MULTIPLE WH-QUESTIONS ALWAYS HAVE A DISTRIBUTIVE INTERPRETATION?
> For example, English "Who read what?" assumes more than one
> subject and more than one things to read and asks about the
> distribution of the reading materials over the set of subjects.
> 5/ WHAT DOES IT DEPEND ON WHETHER A LANGUAGE DOES OR DOES NOT HAVE
> MULTIPLE WH-QUESTIONS?
> This is a question about typological implications linking
> mutliple wh-questions to other properties of languages.
> Thank you.
> Edith A. Moravcsik
> Professor of Linguistics
> Department of Foreign
> Languages and Linguistics
> University of Wisconsin-
> Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413
> E-mail: edith at uwm.edu
> Tel: (414) 229-3068
> Fax: (414) 229-2741
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