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Title: OPTIONAL WH-MOVEMENT IN COLLOQUIAL SINGAPORE ENGLISH
Authors: RACHEL TAN POH YIN
Issue Date: 11-Apr-2022
Citation: RACHEL TAN POH YIN (2022-04-11). OPTIONAL WH-MOVEMENT IN COLLOQUIAL SINGAPORE ENGLISH. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Although the phenomenon of wh-optionality has not been researched much in CSE, the current literature already contains widely divisive hypotheses for two reasons. (1) It is unclear whether CSE is a wh-fronting language with wh-in-situ option or a wh-in-situ language with wh-fronting option. (2) More crucially, and this will become the central focus of this research, whether a language like CSE can truly allow for wh-movement and wh-in-situ is an issue of contention. Bobaljik and Wurmbrand (2015) propose that no languages allow true wh-optionality, while Sato ang Ngui (2017) argue that CSE does exhibit true wh-optionality. These two points have led to the two different hypotheses I will be investigating in this paper. While Lan (2016) claims that CSE is a wh-in-situ language where the wh-fronting option is a result of cleft with deletion, Chang (2016) claims that CSE is a wh-movement language where the apparent wh-in-situ option is actually a Declarative Syntax Question (DSQ). In order to tease these two hypotheses apart, three formal experiments were carried out on three claims. The results of these experiments argue against the hypotheses by Lan (2016) and Chang (2016), and instead support the proposal by Sato and Ngui (2017) that CSE allows both wh-movement and wh-in-situ options. There is therefore not only a clearer picture on CSE wh-optionality, but on wh-optionality in general.
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