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Title:Pied-piping and optimal order in Kiche (K'iche')
Authors:George Aaron Broadwell
Comment:Handout from a workshop on Kiche Maya held at UCLA, March 2005
Abstract:Kiche (K'iche') is a Mayan language spoken in Guatemala. This paper analyses the phenomenon of pied-piping with inversion, a word order alternation seen in interrogatives. Kiche normally has prepositional phrases, but these optionally invert in interrogatives. The analysis argues that this is due to competition between two alignment constraints -- Wh-L favors candidates where the interrogative word is clause-initial, and P-Left favors candidates where the preposition aligns with the left edge of the PP.
Type:Paper/tech report
Article:Version 1