Wh-Movement in Central Kurdish: A Cross-linguistic Study

  • Twana Saadi Hamid Department of English - College of languages / University of Sulaimani
Keywords: Central Kurdish, Wh-movement, Logical form, Complementizer


This paper looks into wh-movement in Central Kurdish ( henceforth CK) and its position with relation to the available parameters by comparing it with some other languages. The data of the study is collected based on the fact that the author is the native speaker of the language under study. The method of the data analysis is within the Generative Framework. A superficial look into the status of wh-phrases in CK did not render a decisive result. Since wh- phrases (both wh arguments and wh adjuncts) may sit in situ, i.e. having the same position as their corresponding arguments in the affirmative sentences.  Wh-phrase fronting to Spec of Focus Phrase is allowed and in this case the phrase receives contrastive interpretation. The data demonstrates that Wh-phrases in a Wh–in-situ examples is not an instant of movement in Logical form after spell out. The evidence of non-occurrence of wh-movement in LF comes from violation of subjacency. The wh-operator aya is base generated in Specifier of Complementizer Phrase (CP) and the wh-feature moves up to Complementizer  to be in agree relation with the operator.


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How to Cite
Hamid T. Wh-Movement in Central Kurdish: A Cross-linguistic Study. JAHS [Internet]. 5Dec.2019 [cited 22Jan.2020];23(6):308 -318. Available from: http://zancojournals.su.edu.krd/index.php/JAHS/article/view/3030