preposition stranding and null WH questions
jan at LING.SU.SE
Mon Oct 26 11:04:56 UTC 1998
>I call the construction "null WH question", because it has the following
>(a) It has the meaning of a WH question in English
>(b) There is no WH word present; instead, there's a preposition without
>its object -- and it's precusely that object which is being asked about.
Something like that is perfectly possible in Swedish, provided you start
the sentence with "och" (and):
Och det här är från?
(and this is from)
Och den ska till?
(and it is.going to)
In this construction, the null need not be marked by a preposition:
Och du heter?
(and you are.called)
The null need not be last
At the lunch restaurant:
Och du vill ha idag?
(And you want today)
but can't be a subject (ECP??):
Still at the lunch restaurant:
*Och skulle ha köttbullar?
(And ordered meatballs)
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