Yes-no questions in Balkar

Maria Manina, Anastasiia Voznesenskaia


This paper investigates yes-no questions in Balkar. We show the distribution and attachment options for the Balkar question particle mI in single-clause matrix questions and in questions with embedded complements. We also show that the Balkar mI-particle can scope out of island structures. We consider movement and non-movement accounts for Balkar yes-no questions. We conclude that the mI particle in Balkar is an adjunct focus particle attaching to the source of alternatives.


Balkar; yes-no questions; question particles

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