Wh-questions, Modern
(2,710 words)

This entry offers a basic description of how wh-dependencies are built in Chinese, and what type of locality principle they observe. In particular, we discuss how Chinese wh-construals shed light on issues concerning the existence of covert movement, the licensing mechanisms of wh-in-situ, as well as their cross-linguistic implications.

1. Movement at LF

To a casual observer, English wh-questions must look quite differen…

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Wei-tien Dylan TSAI, “Wh-questions, Modern”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 28 May 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_000156>
First published online: 2015



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