By Abraham Mendis Gunasekara
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HE absence of a complete Grammar of the Sinhalese Language fitted to the necessities of English readers instructed to me a few years in the past the desirability of getting ready any such paintings.
The manuscript was once accomplished in June, 1885. In 1888 sanction was once got for its being published on the Govern ment Press. due to the fact that then a number of explanations have behind schedule its factor.
Whatever rest i've been capable, as a central authority respectable, to commit to literary paintings, has now not been spared in a conscientious endeavour to render the e-book invaluable of its item. I humbly belief that my efforts haven't been altogether unsuccessful.
In the guidance of the current Grammar i've got availed myself of a number of works on Sinhalese Grammar, via either historical and glossy authors. it's been written in a sort top tailored to fit those people who are acquainted with eu Grammars. as a result of the multiplicity of ex amples and factors, and the advent of a few topic now not possibly strictly appertaining to the province of a Grammar, yet more likely to be of use, its scope has handed the boundaries initially pondered.
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55) shag´oonich? a. ’ shag´oonich? b. think shag´oonich? c. think The main argument of Cable (2007, 2008) for the claim that wh-movement targets a feature of Q, not of the wh-word, comes from the contrast in (56-a-c). (56) tuw´aa sig´oo? a. ’ Some Theories of Pied-Piping ] x´aat ] b. REL fish c. REL Q fish 37 i tuw´aa sig´oo? happy i tuw´aa sig´oo? happy As can be observed, pied-piping of a nominal plus relative clause is possible in Tlingit as long as Q is attached outside the moved nominal, as in (56-a).
Cowper thus chooses the latter option. She also assumes that (29-b) involves a null degree head that is specified as [– WH ]. This Deg-head takes AP as its complement and blocks percolation of [ WH ] to DegP. Thus, every AP is actually a DegP (see Abney (1987), Rapp (1992); but cf. Sternefeld (2006)). This is not sufficient, though, to account for the contrast in (30-a,b). (30) a. Horace knows [ DP which children’s parents ] 3 you met t3 . b. *Horace knows [ DP Egbert’s book about whom ] 4 you read t4 .
C. think The main argument of Cable (2007, 2008) for the claim that wh-movement targets a feature of Q, not of the wh-word, comes from the contrast in (56-a-c). (56) tuw´aa sig´oo? a. ’ Some Theories of Pied-Piping ] x´aat ] b. REL fish c. REL Q fish 37 i tuw´aa sig´oo? happy i tuw´aa sig´oo? happy As can be observed, pied-piping of a nominal plus relative clause is possible in Tlingit as long as Q is attached outside the moved nominal, as in (56-a). If Q is placed somewhere within the relative clause, ungrammaticality results (see (56-b,c)).