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Romance Interrogative Syntax: Formal and Typological Dimensions of Variation

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Book (peer-reviewed)
Author Bonan Caterina,
Project The fine structure of Romance interrogative it-clefts
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Book (peer-reviewed)

Publisher John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam
ISBN 978 90 272 0845 3
DOI 10.1075/la.266


This monograph offers an innovative understanding of the mechanisms involved in Romance ‘optional’ wh-in situ. New supporting evidence in favour of Cable’s (2010) Grammar of Q is presented, as well as novel implementations of his original theory. In particular, it is claimed that wh-in situ idioms are characterised not only by language-specific choices between Q-projection and Q-adjunction, and between overt and covert movement of Q, but also in terms of the locus where they check the features relevant to wh-questions: while some languages check both [q] and [focus] in C, others make use of the clause-internal vP-periphery to check [focus]. Thanks to the vast amount of data presented and discussed, along with the predictions and theoretical contributions made, this monograph will be of interest to a wide range of specialists in human language, from typologists to Romance specialists and formal syntacticians, but also to the many experts in languages with overt Q-particles who wonder why Romance specialists have long been so resistant to the implementation of silent Q-particles in their theoretical models.