Distinguishing Phenogrammar from Tectogrammar Simplifies the Analysis of Interrogatives

  • Vedrana Mihaliček
  • Carl Pollard
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7395)


Oehrle (1994) introduced a categorial grammar architecture in which word order is represented using the terms of a typed λ-calculus and the syntactic type system is based on linear logic. In this paper, we use a variant of this architecture to analyze interrogatives in English and Chinese. We show that separating word order (phenogrammar) and syntactic combinatorics (tectogrammar) in this way brings out the underlying similarities between different question-forming strategies. In particular, the difference between wh extraction (overt movement) and wh in situ (covert movement) turns out to be purely phenogrammatical.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vedrana Mihaliček
    • 1
  • Carl Pollard
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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