13.1913, Qs: English wh-islands, Italian & Humorism

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Subject: 13.1913, Qs: English wh-islands, Italian & Humorism

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1)
Date:  Fri, 12 Jul 2002 03:57:07 +0000
From:  Toru Ishii <tishii at kisc.meiji.ac.jp>
Subject:  English wh-islands

2)
Date:  Fri, 12 Jul 2002 11:18:58 +0200
From:  "Giampaolo Poletto" <janospal at libero.it>
Subject:  Italian and Humourism

-------------------------------- Message 1 -------------------------------

Date:  Fri, 12 Jul 2002 03:57:07 +0000
From:  Toru Ishii <tishii at kisc.meiji.ac.jp>
Subject:  English wh-islands

Dear All,

It has been observed that A'-extraction out of an untensed indirect
question is not so bad (for some speakers nearly perfect) especially
when the extracted element is D-linked or a relative operator:

(1)  a.  My old Toyota, which my mechanic
         remembered/wondered how to fix t, ...
     b.   Which of the old cars did your
          mechanic remember/wonder [how to fix
          t]?

According to Frampton (1990) "Parastic gaps and the theory of
wh-chains," grammaticality judgements on wh-islands are also
influenced by whether the extracted element is associated with a
theta-marked complement or not.  I'd like to know whether this
generalization is true.  Especially, I'd like to know grammaticality
judgements on the following examples, whether they are better/worse
than (1) or as acceptable as (1):

(2)  a.  My syntax assignment, which I
         remembered/wondered [when to give to
         my instructor], ...
      b.  Which of the assignments did you
          remember/wonder [when to give to your
          instructor]?
(3)  a.  Professor Ford, who I remembered/
         wondered [when to give my syntax
         assignment to], ...
       b.  Professor Ford, to whom I remember/
           wondered [when to give my syntax
           assignment], ...
       c.  Which instructor did you remember/
           wonder [when to give your syntax
           assignment to]?
       d.  To which instructor did you
           remember/wonder [when to give your
           syntax assignment]?
(4)  a.  Jack, to whom I remembered/wondered
         [when to talk], ...
      b.  Jack, whom I remembered/wondered
          [when to talk to], ...
       c.  To which person did you remember/
           wonder [when to talk]?
      d.  Which person did you remember/wonder
          [when to talk to]?
(5)  a.  Tokyo station, to which I remembered/
         wondered [how to go], ...
      b.  Tokyo station, which I remembered/
          wondered [how to go to], ...
      c.  To which station did you remember/
          wonder [how to go]?
      d.  Which station did you remember/wonder
          [how to go to]?

(6)  a.  ... the reason (why) I remembered/
         wondered [where to go] ...
      b.  For what/which reason did you
          remember/wonder [where to go]?
(7)  a.  ... the way (how) I remembered/
         wondered [which problem to solve] ...
      b.  In what/which way did you remember/
          wonder [which problem to solve]?
(8)  a.   ... the day (when) I remembered/
          wondered [where to go] ...
     b.  On what/which day did you remember/
         wonder [where to go]?
(9)  a.  ... the place (where) I remembered/
         wondered [when to stay] ...
     b.  In what/which place did you remember/
         wonder [when to stay]?

I'll post a summary.  Thanks.

Toru Ishii
Meiji University
Tokyo, JAPAN
tishii at kisc.meiji.ac.jp


-------------------------------- Message 2 -------------------------------

Date:  Fri, 12 Jul 2002 11:18:58 +0200
From:  "Giampaolo Poletto" <janospal at libero.it>
Subject:  Italian and Humourism

My name is Giampaolo Poletto,

and for my doctoral studies on Italian humourism and the teaching of
Italian as a foreign language, I am looking for information on
humouristic or comic authors and texts, contemporary or not, in use in
the teaching of Italian as a foreign language.

Thank you,

Giampaolo Poletto

Garda, 12.07.2002

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