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On the structure of A-bar constructions in Dagbani: Perspectives of «wh»-questions and fragment answers

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Samuel Alhassan Issah

This book provides an account of the structure of A-bar constructions, focusing on wh-questions and fragment answers in Dagbani, a Mabia (Gur) language spoken in Northern Ghana. It demonstrates that Dagbani wh-phrases occur in two distinct positions, ex-situ and in-situ, except for subject wh-phrases, which only occur in the former position. It provides a theoretical analysis of the distribution of the wh-phrases couched within minimalism (Chomsky 1995). Finally, the book gives an account of the structural correlation between wh-questions and their answers with the focus on the syntactic derivation of fragment answers. The author contends that the derivation of fragment answer involves two processes: A-bar movement together with PF-deletion

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      • Grammar, syntax & morphology (CFK)
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        • West Atlantic & Volta Congo languages (2HCW)
          • Volta-Congo languages (2HCWV)
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  • Language & Linguistics (C)
    • Linguistics (CF)
      • Grammar, syntax & morphology (CFK)
  • Geographical qualifiers (1)
    • Africa (1H)
      • Sub-Saharan Africa (1HF)
        • West Africa (1HFD)
          • Ghana (1HFDH)
  • Language qualifiers (2)
    • African languages (2H)
      • Niger-Congo languages (2HC)
        • West Atlantic & Volta Congo languages (2HCW)
          • Volta-Congo languages (2HCWV)
            • Dagbani (Dagomba) (2HCWVD)