Thinking on WH-Movement

Xiamei PENG


Andrew Radford’s Syntax: A Minimalist Introduction illustrates the features of wh-movement in English, taking that wh-movement is “a type of operator movement, and syntactic units may move from their initial position to another position in the sentence. Chinese version of wh-movement has quite the similar structure to the echo question of English version, but this generalization seems unreliable in Chinese when exceptional operators  such as为什么?and 什么时候?Are brought into light. So this paper tries to explore the similarities and differences of wh-movement in Chinese wh-word questions, illustrating some examples of Chinese as an expansion of the English wh-movement version.


syntax; Wh-movement; Operator movement; Syntactic units

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