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Aspect of the Grammar of the So Called Whdocx

By Institute Of African Studies, University Of Nigeria, Nsukka.

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The grammar of wh-words is common in the literature. One may hold that its popularity may be due to its valence and linguistic versatility in language discourses. A point of interest in the literature has been the syntactic position of the wh-words in sentences. Opinions are divided on the syntactic position of the wh-words in clauses. Some scholars hold that the occurrences or the syntactic positions of the words in clauses is usually at the discretion of the users; while others hold that for adequate communicative potency, the wh-words occur in specified positions. In this paper, we uphold that the syntactic position of the wh- words in clauses is largely language specific. The words can be based generated in a particular slot in the clause, in which case, it is said to be in-situ; it can also occur in a non-in-situ position in which case, it is

said to be product of transformational displacement. To descriptively x- ray or get at the thrust of our concern, we divided this paper into two sections. Section one which is called Set-A-type, discusses the syntactic in-situ position of the wh-words. In this occurrence, the wh-words that occur at both subject and predicate in situ are defined; those that can only occur at predicate in situ are also shown. Section two which we tagged Set-B-type, discusses the syntactic non-in situ occurrence of the wh-words. This section explains the circumstances for the occurrence and also some grammatical nuances that follow the occurrence.
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Abstract

The grammar of wh-words is common in the literature. One may hold that its popularity may be due to its valence and linguistic versatility in language discourses. A point of interest in the literature has been the syntactic position of the wh-words in sentences. Opinions are divided on the syntactic position of the wh-words in clauses. Some scholars  hold that the occurrences or the syntactic positions of the words in clauses is usually at the discretion of the users; while others hold that for adequate communicative potency, the wh-words occur in specified positions. In this paper, we uphold that the syntactic position of the wh- words in clauses is largely language specific. The words can be based generated in a particular slot in the clause, in which case, it is said to be in-situ; it can also occur in a non-in-situ position in which case, it is
 
said to be product of transformational displacement. To descriptively x- ray or get at the thrust of our concern, we divided this paper into two sections. Section one which is called Set-A-type, discusses the syntactic in-situ position of the wh-words. In this occurrence, the wh-words that occur at both subject and predicate in situ are defined; those that can only occur at predicate in situ are also shown. Section two which we tagged Set-B-type, discusses the syntactic non-in situ occurrence of the wh-words. This section explains the circumstances for the occurrence and also some grammatical nuances that follow the occurrence.

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Institute Of African Studies, University Of Nigeria, Nsukka.

http://www.unn.edu.ng/academics/institute/institute-of-african-studies-2/
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