Locality in WH Quantification

Questions and Relative Clauses in Hindi

  • Veneeta¬†Dayal

Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 62)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 231-252

About this book


Locality in WH Quantification argues that Logical Form, the level that mediates between syntax and semantics, is derived from S-structure by strictly local movement. The primary data for the claim of locality at LF is drawn from Hindi but English data is used in discussing the semantics of questions and relative clauses. The book takes a cross-linguistic perspective showing how the Hindi and English facts can be brought to bear on the theory of universal grammar.
There are several phenomena generally thought to involve long-distance dependencies at LF, such as scope marking, long-distance list answers and correlatives. In this book they are handled by explicating novel types of local relationships that interrogative and relative clauses can enter. Amore articulated semantics is shown leading to a simpler syntax.
Among other issues addressed is the switch from uniqueness/maximality effects in single WH constructions to list readings in multiple WH constructions. These effects are captured by adapting the treatment of WH expressions as quantifying over functions to the cases of multiple WH questions and correlatives. List readings due to functional dependencies are systematically distinguished from those that are based on plurality.


English Hindi Index Syntax grammar relative clauses semantic semantics subject

Authors and affiliations

  • Veneeta¬†Dayal
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  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsRutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-7923-5478-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-4808-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-4662
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