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date: 08 December 2019

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This article presents a case study on the comparative interrogative syntax of Romance languages. It aims to provide a better understanding of the syntax of the extremely common (que)est-ce que/qui questions of modern French and Northern Italian dialects. The article identifies the syntactic and semantic differences between wh-words and complex wh-phrases. It also discusses the subject versus nonsubject and bare versus nonbare asymmetries of problems.

Keywords: Romance languages, interrogative syntax, French dialects, Northern Italian dialects, wh-words, wh-phrases

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