Questions and Focus in Bulgarian


questions and focus in bulgarian?Questions and Focus in Bulgarian
Author: Galina Dukova-Zheleva
Publisher: UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA
Publication date: 2010
Number of pages: 297
Format: PDF/excellent
Size: 4,30MB

THIS DISSERTATION PROPOSES A UNIFIED APPROACH TO THE STUDY OF INTERROGATIVES IN BULGARIAN BASED ON EXPERIMENTAL DATA ON WH- AND YES/NO INTERROGATIVES AND ON THE SEMANTIC ANALYSIS OF POLAR QUESTIONS.
THIS DISSERTATION BRINGS NEW EVIDENCE CONFIRMING THE LONG DISCUSSED CONNECTION BETWEEN INTERROGATIVE WORDS AND FOCUS. IN CONSTITUENT QUESTIONS, THIS RELATION IS REFLECTED IN THAT WH-WORDS MOVE TO SPECFOCP. IN POLAR QUESTIONS, THE EFFECT OF FOCUS IS MANIFESTED IN THEIR FOCUS-DEPENDENT SEMANTICS. THIS WORK SHOWS THAT THERE IS AN IMPORTANT PARALLEL BETWEEN POLAR AND CONSTITUENT QUESTIONS, AND THAT FOCUS-SENSITIVE OPERATORS, PARTICLES, AND ADVERBS FUNCTION SIMILARLY ACROSS DIFFERENT LANGUAGES. THUS, THIS DISSERTATION ARGUES IN FAVOUR OF THE POSSIBILITY THAT FOCUS-DEPENDENCY IS A GENERAL PROPERTY OF INTERROGATIVES IN UNIVERSAL GRAMMAR.

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