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Even-NPIs in questions
Elena Guerzoni, 2002, published scientific conference contribution

Keywords: minimizers, negative polarity, constituent questions
Published in RUNG: 21.02.2024; Views: 473; Downloads: 1
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Even and minimizer NPIs in wh-questions
Elena Guerzoni, 2003, published scientific conference contribution

Abstract: This work follows up on a previous paper of mine on y/n questions with ‘minimizer’ Negative Polarity Items (NPIs) like lift a finger, bat an eyelash, budge (an inch) (i.e. Guerzoni 2002) and brings into the picture the case of wh-questions. In the interest of space, the summary I provide of that paper is very brief; for a fuller understanding the reader should refer to the paper itself.
Keywords: minimizers, negative polarity, constituent questions
Published in RUNG: 20.02.2024; Views: 457; Downloads: 0
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Even-NPIs in yes/no questions
Elena Guerzoni, 2004, original scientific article

Abstract: It has been a long-standing puzzle that Negative Polarity Items appear to split into two subvarieties when their effect on the interpretation of questions is taken into account: while questions with any and ever can be used as unbiased requests of information, questions with so-called `minimizers', i.e. idioms like lift a finger and the faintest idea, are always biased towards a negative answer (cf. Ladusaw 1979). Focusing on yes/no questions, this paper presents a solution to this puzzle. Specifically it is shown that in virtue of containing even (cf. Heim 1984), minimizers, unlike any, trigger a presupposition, which reduces the set of the possible answers to a question to the singleton containing the negative answer.
Keywords: NPIs, minimizers, polar questions, presupposition, negative bias
Published in RUNG: 20.02.2024; Views: 478; Downloads: 2
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