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Is subject auxiliary inversion (do-support) unique to English?

In English, some question sentences are formed by the inversion of the subject and the auxiliary verb. I see you? Do I see you? *See I you? From what I understand, the inversion cannot be done with ...
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The acceptability of verbal phrase ellipsis and subject-auxiliary inversion in triple modal sentences

I have been researching on multiple modal constructions, which is a feature used in the Southern United States. Unlike Standard English, this dialect allows more than one modal auxiliary per clause. ...
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In X bar theory, is the first auxiliary the head of an interrogative clause and the remainder the complement?

In X bar theory, the first auxiliary is the head of a declarative clause: (1) She will have finished it by tomorrow. Here, subject she is a specifier, and verb phrase have finished it by tomorrow is ...
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Transposition of words in questions

In English, the following is grammatically correct: Am I going to the cinema today? In contrast, the assertion that this is true is grammatically correct only with the first two words reversed. ...
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Can a VP be defined to include a subject in subject-verb inversion?

In this wiki on "Subject–verb inversion in English", there are two approaches suggested to dealing with subject-verb inversion. (1) Maintaining the traditional subject-predicate division of ...
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Does a main verb undergo inversion in "Has he any shame?"

My undergraduate textbook builds a case to posit separate classes of verbs as lexical, auxiliary, modal in nature. One criterion is how auxiliary and modals (unlike main verbs) undergo inversion but ...
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