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Whether or not anything but not whether anything or not
Elena Guerzoni, Yael Sharvit, 2013, published scientific conference contribution abstract

Keywords: alternative questions, polar questions, negation, NPIs
Published in RUNG: 21.02.2024; Views: 441; Downloads: 3
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NPIs in questions, disjunction and ellipsis
Elena Guerzoni, Yael Sharvit, 2014, published scientific conference contribution abstract

Keywords: alternative questions, syntax, semantics, negative polarity, strong exhaustivity
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"Whether or not anything" but not "whether anything or not" : Elektronski vir
Elena Guerzoni, Yael Sharvit, 2014, independent scientific component part or a chapter in a monograph

Abstract: Recent studies on interrogatives indicate that some question embedding predicates (QEPs) cannot support strongly exhaustive inferences, contra Groenendijk and Stokhof (1982) (c.f. Berman 1991, Heim 1994, Sharvit 2002). Some verbs that support strongly exhaustive inferences are know, find out, and wonder. Among the predicates that can only support weakly exhaustive inferences we find verbs like surprise, disappoint,realize, and predict n% correctly.Previous views on this problem encode the above distinction either in different lexical semantic properties (see Beck and Rullmann 1999 and Sharvit 2002) or in different selectional restrictions of different QEPs (see Guerzoni 2003), but provide no independent motivation for either. This paper proposes a pragmatic account that improves on the existing proposals in two respects. On the one hand, it provides the independent motivation for the classification of different QEPs, which was missing from earlier approaches. On the other hand, it offers an understanding of a seemingly unrelated long lasting puzzle; that is the impossibility for predicates like surprise, disappoint, realize, anticipate etc.to embed whether-complements (c.f. Karttunen 1977, Lahiri 1991, Guerzoni 2003, Guerzoni & Sharvit 2006). The remainder of this section briefly introduces the notions of weak and strong exhaustivity
Keywords: question embedding, strong exhaustivity
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A question of strength : on NPIs in interrogative clauses
Elena Guerzoni, Yael Sharvit, 2007, original scientific article

Abstract: We observe that the facts pertaining to the acceptability of negative polarity items (henceforth, NPIs) in interrogative environments complex than previously noted. Since Klima [Klima, E. (1964). In J. Fodor & J. Katz (Eds.), The structure of language. Prentice-Hall], it has been typically assumed that NPIs are grammatical in both matrix and embedded questions, however, on closer scrutiny it turns out that there are differences between root and embedded environments, and between question nucleus and wh-restrictor. While NPIs are always licensed in the nucleus of root questions, their acceptability in the restrictor of wh-phrases and in the nucleus of any embedded question depends on the logical properties of the linguistic environment: its strength in terms of exhaustivity [Groenendijk, J., & Stokhof, M. (1984). Studies on the semantics of questions and the pragmatic answers. Amserdam (NL), Post-Doctoral Dissertation. Heim, I. (1994). In R. Buchalla & A. Mittwoch (Eds.), Proceedings of the 9th annual IATL conference and of the 1993 IATL workshop on discourse (pp. 128–144). Akademon, Jerusalem. Beck, S., & 16 Rullmann, H. (1999). Natural Language Semantics, 7, 249–298. Sharvit, Y (2002). Natural Language Semantics, 10, 97–123] and its monotonicity properties (in the sense of von Fintel [von Fintel, K. (1999). Journal of 19 Semantics, 16, 97-148]).
Keywords: negative polarity items, interrogative clauses
Published in RUNG: 20.02.2024; Views: 493; Downloads: 2
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