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Title: WH-QUESTION CONSTRUCTIONS IN COLLOQUIAL SINGAPORE ENGLISH
Authors: CHANG QIZHONG
Keywords: wh-questions, wh-movement, wh-in-situ, optional movement, Declarative Syntax Questions, Singlish, Singapore English
Issue Date: 3-Jun-2016
Source: CHANG QIZHONG (2016-06-03). WH-QUESTION CONSTRUCTIONS IN COLLOQUIAL SINGAPORE ENGLISH. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Colloquial Singapore English (CSE) has traditionally been labelled a language with ‘optional wh-behaviour’. This means that wh-questions freely alternate between having the wh-expression fronted and being in-situ. This dissertation presents novel data in CSE to substantiate two important observations: Firstly, wh-movement in CSE is not strictly optional, since it is impossible for the wh-expression to be fronted in an interrogative embedded clause. The obligatory wh-movement in this context is triggered by the need for the clause to be typed as an interrogative, before it can be selected by an appropriate verb. Secondly, the apparent optionality in a matrix CSE wh-question can be attributed to a new construction dubbed Declarative Syntax Questions (DSQ). This is a declarative clause that nonetheless functions as a question through a Focus interpretation of the wh-expression. These two observations are independently corroborated in a number of other wh-movement languages. From this study, we can draw the conclusion that CSE is at heart a wh-movement language; but the apparent wh-in-situ order of a DSQ gives CSE the appearance of having optional wh-movement.
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