By Rajendra Singh
South Asia is domestic to a great number of languages and dialects. even supposing linguists engaged on this area have made major contributions to our knowing of language, society, and language in society on a world scale, there's as but no well-known overseas discussion board for the trade of principles among linguists engaged on South Asia. the once a year evaluate of South Asian Languages and Linguistics is designed to be simply that discussion board. It brings jointly empirical and theoretical examine and serves as a checking out floor for the articulation of latest principles and ways that may be grounded in a examine of South Asian languages yet that have common applicability.
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3. Interrogatives with two wh-phrases In Sinhala, when two wh-elements are involved in simple interrogatives, the language behaves differently from what I have discussed so far, and in this section, I shall discuss some of the differences, which are important to explain the behaviour of Sinhala language with wh- in a full manner. As shown in the simple interrogative sentences (10 & 11), the wh-stems kawuru-t, ‘who’ kα-tə-t, ‘whom’ kumak-t ‘what’ that are left with a copy t of the question particle də do not move up to Spec-CP, but stay in-situ in contrast to the Sinhala simple interrogatives with one wh-phrase that show movement to the right end of the clause in which they occur (12).
His argument for the split of IP into TP and AgrP is largely based on the position of negation in the clause structure that Zanuttini (1991) demonstrates to occur in Romance languages where NEG may be higher than TP. Mahajan (1990) suggests that in Hindi negation heads its own maximal projection NegP and occurs below TP as in (11). Mahajan adopts the structure from Chomsky (1991). However, on the basis of the scrambling of DO, Mahajan (1990) suggests that the displacement of negation at LF is required for independent reasons in Hindi.
The question particle də that carries extra baggage in its movement as in the example (10) favours my argument that claims Sinhala has an overt syntactic movement. 10. kawuruj-ti who-t kα-tək-ti αrαdənα-kərə-nu-æti-[dəi]? ’ 11. kawuruj-ti kumakk-ti ka-nu-æti-də? ’ 12. mEri tj ti αrαdənα-kərə-nu-ætt-e kα-təj-dəi? ’ In Sinhala, when more than one wh-element occurs in a sentence, the movement of the wh-stem + t is barred: but I argue that the question particle də is permitted to move up to Spec-CP.
Annual Review of South Asian Languages and Linguistics 2010 (Trends in Linguistics Studies and Monographs) by Rajendra Singh