Wh-movement in Sudanese Arabic

A minimalist approach

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Abstract

The difference in the morphological and semantic properties of cross-linguistic whexpressions is due to the difference in wh-question formation strategies. It is the contention of this paper that wh-expressions are universally consistent, in the sense that their semantic force is undetermined in the lexicon. However, once they are chosen for the computation, the wh-expression becomes merged syntactically with another element and this gives rise to relative or interrogative semantic interpretation. The syntax of wh-expression generally falls in two categories: argument wh-expression and non-argument wh-expression. In conclusion, this paper maintains that the wh-movement's driving force is underspecified by the [+Q] feature of the head C operator wherein the interpretation that wh-expression gets is at the level of the interface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1611-1626
Number of pages16
JournalPertanika Journal of Social Science and Humanities
Volume24
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016

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Keywords

  • Minimalist approach
  • Sudanese Arabic
  • Wh-expression
  • Wh-movement

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Wh-movement in Sudanese Arabic : A minimalist approach. / Taha, M.; Mohamed Sultan, Fazal Mohamed; Mohd Yasin, Mohamad Subakir.

In: Pertanika Journal of Social Science and Humanities, Vol. 24, No. 4, 01.12.2016, p. 1611-1626.

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