Applying Pregroups to Italian Statements and Questions


Claudia Casadio

Studia Logica 87:253–268



We know from the literature in theoretical linguistics that interrogative constructions in Italian have particular syntactic properties, due to the liberal word order and the rich inflectional system. In this paper we show that the calculus of pregroups represents a flexible and efficient computational device for the analysis and derivation of Italian sentences and questions. In this context the distinction between direct vs. indirect statements and questions is explored.

Keywords: Pregroup, inflection, statement, question, wh-question.