Focus, Interrogation, and Indefinites

Authored by: Scott AnderBois

The Mayan Languages

Print publication date:  May  2017
Online publication date:  May  2017

Print ISBN: 9780415738026
eBook ISBN: 9781315192345
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315192345.ch13

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Abstract

In many languages, there are certain words, morphemes, or constructions which occur only (or at least primarily) in matrix or embedded questions and are therefore called interrogative. There are also, however, linguistic elements which are not interrogative, yet play crucial roles in question formation. Chief among these are disjunctions, focus, and wh-words, which are used as indefinites in various environments.

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