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Phasehood of Wh-Questions in Modern Standard Arabic


Abstract Wh-questions have been widely discussed in different languages such as English, Mandarin Chinese, Italian, and Russian, but little attention has been paid to the structure of wh-questions in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). Thus, this dissertation attempts to analyze the structure of wh-questions using the current frameworks: Minimalism and Cartography.

In the late 1990s, Chomsky established the Minimalist Program which aims to describe the clause structure in as simple and economic mechanism as possible, and he advanced his famous research program to include phase theory, which aims to restrict the syntactic operations. On the other side, Rizzi (1997, 2001) proposed the Cartographic approach. In this approach, Rizzi attempted to analyze the... (more)
Created Date 2017
Contributor Alsager, Haroon Nasser (Author) / Gelderen, Elly van (Advisor) / Adams, Karen (Committee member) / James, Mark A (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Linguistics / Arabic / Corpus / Phase Theory / split CP / Wh-questions
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 122 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation English 2017
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS


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