LINGUIST List 15.251

Fri Jan 23 2004

Qs: Wh-element Inversion; AAVE/Movies

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  1. Uwe Naumann, Inversion in wh contexts
  2. Katalin Tarnay, AAVE in movies

Message 1: Inversion in wh contexts

Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2004 16:20:12 -0500 (EST)
From: Uwe Naumann <>
Subject: Inversion in wh contexts

English shows the following pattern what regards inversion in wh contexts:
1) matrix interrogative
a) Which books have they read?
b) * Which book they have read?
2) subordinate interrogative
a) They told me which books they have read
b) *They told me which books have they read 
(Examples from Jane Grimshaw)

I'm wondering if there is a language which shows the oposite pattern,
allowing Inversion in subordinate interrogatives as in 2b and
prohibiting inversion as in 1b. Or is this universally unpossible?

Thanks in advance
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Message 2: AAVE in movies

Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2004 13:41:45 -0500 (EST)
From: Katalin Tarnay <>
Subject: AAVE in movies

Dear All, 

I'm a fifth year university student at the University of Szeged,
Hungary, and I'm doing my MAT on AAVE in movies. I need some
help. Could anyone advise books or articles that are dealing with AAVE
in movies? I would be happy to receive any kind of journal articles or
book chapters or titles of books or anything relevant to my topic. I
intend to compare different American movies according to the usage of
AAVE in them.

Thank you, 
Katalin Tarnay 
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