Yes-no Ii questions in Russian: Interaction of syntax and phonology?
AffiliationThe Graduate Center of the City University of New York
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CitationRudnitskaya, E. "Yes-no li questions in Russian: Interaction of syntax and phonology?." Papers from the Poster Session of the 18th Annual West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL 18), 2000, pp. 89-98.
DescriptionPublished as a special volume of the Coyote Papers: The University of Arizona Working Papers in Linguistics.
AbstractIn this paper, I look at yes-no questions in Russian with the question clitic Ii. I address the question of interaction of syntax and phonology in the derivation of these questions. I show that the phonological operation Prosodic Inversion is involved is required for the derivation of Ii questions. That is, syntactic movement alone cannot derive 1 W li questions. My derivation of li questions involves two steps: the syntactic step of the focused phrase preposing and the phonological step of Prosodic Inversion. It also accounts for the fact that the host of li must be the focus of the question. Li is both a focus particle and a question particle, and, as such, it has strong [+FOC] and [+Q] features. Li is base-generated in Foe. Li's [+FOC] feature attracts the focused phrase preposing to SpecFocP. Then li moves to C and gets inverted with the first PWd of SpecFocP.