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  • 4/19/2018
    Guest Speaker
    Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
    Non-agreeing split interrogatives and focus extension in Spanish
    Thursday, April 19, 2018, 2:30 pm
    Dpeartmental Library

    In this talk, I will analyze the properties of a (special type of) split interrogatives in spoken standard Spanish. Split Interrogatives are formed by a wh-question followed by a tag, a phrase which constitutes a possible answer. The overall structure is interpreted as a yes/no question (as in what did John bring, a book?). In standard cases, the tag (marked as contrastive focus), matches the case and thematic features of the wh-element. Nevertheless, in Peninsular Spanish what we will call non-matching Split Interrogatives (NMSI) are also possible.