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Query:   Sum: multiple wh-XP interrogatives
Author:  Carsten Breul
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Syntax

Summary:   DEAR ALL

A BIG THANK YOU TO THE 27 PEOPLE WHO HAVE REPLIED TO MY
RECENT QUERY ON MULTIPLE WH-XP INTERROGATIVES (REPEATED
BELOW).

I HAVE TRIED TO CLASSIFY THE JUDGEMENTS ON A FOUR GRADE
SCALE: OK, SLIGHTLY MARGINAL (?), STRONGLY MARGINAL (??-
?*), UNACCEPTABLE (*). SQUEEZING THE REPLIES ONTO THIS
SCALE, I GET THE FOLLLOWING RESULT :

SENTENCE (1): OK: 2; ?: 3; ??-*?: 5; *: 17
SENTENCE (2): OK: 3; ?: 3; ??-*?: 3; *: 18

QUITE A NUMBER OF SPEAKERS WHO FOUND THE SENTENCES
UNACCEPTABLE POINTED OUT THAT THEY ARE POSSIBLE IF PRODUCED
AS A REQUEST FOR REPETITION OF SOMETHING UNHEARD. E.G., IN
THE WORDS OF ONE INFORMANT:

LL Issue: 10.1870
Date Posted: 04-Dec-1999
Original Query: Read original query