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Animacy in Interrogative Pronouns
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, General Linguistics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5810-2507
1995 (English)In: Papers from the XVth Scandinavian Conference of Linguistics, University of Oslo, January 13–15, 1995, 1995, 307-315 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The present paper presents a typological investigation of whether languages make an animacy distinction in their independent nominal interrogative pronouns. The data comprises 24 languages and was taken mainly from grammatical descriptions. 3rd person pronouns and relative pronouns are included for comparison. The outcome of the survey is that the vast majority of the sample languages do make a ‘who’ vs. ‘what’ distinction. Constructions special to questions, in particular fronting and its possible implications for the question words, are discussed, as is the role of case marking on interrogative pronouns.

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1995. 307-315 p.
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pronouns, interrogative pronouns, animacy
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Specific Languages General Language Studies and Linguistics Specific Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-19231ISBN: 82-91298-02-5OAI: diva2:185755

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