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Title:"Whether or not anything" but not "whether anything or not" : Elektronski vir
Authors:ID Guerzoni, Elena (Author)
ID Sharvit, Yael (Author)
Work type:Unknown
Typology:1.16 - Independent Scientific Component Part or a Chapter in a Monograph
Organization:UNG - University of Nova Gorica
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 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
Year of publishing:2014
Number of pages:Str. 199-224
PID:20.500.12556/RUNG-8868 New window
COBISS.SI-ID:186198787 New window
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Publication date in RUNG:20.02.2024
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Record is a part of a monograph

Title:The art and craft of semantics : a Festschrift for Irene Heim
Editors:Luka Crnič
Place of publishing:Cambridge
Publisher:MIT Press
Year of publishing:2014
COBISS.SI-ID:186194691 New window
Collection title:MITWPL
Collection numbering:ǂvol. ǂ70, 71