Graduate Institute of Linguistics, National Tsing Hua University
UST Working Papers in Linguistics, Graduate Institute of Linguistics, National Tsing Hua University, Volume 5, Pages 59-71
This paper is an attempt to delimit the disjunctive scope among three types of question forms in Mandarin Chinese. It is argued that the disjunctive scope is targeted at different layers: vP/VP for A-not-A questions, TP/IP for alternative questions, and CP for VP-VP questions. The tripartite distinction is supported by three different patterns with respect to the licensing of wh-indefinites. In A-not-A questions, only object wh-indefinites can be licensed; in alternative questions, both subject and object wh-indefinites can be licensed; in VP-VP questions, wh-indefinites in any position cannot be licensed.