MoL-2011-06: Negation in Questions

MoL-2011-06: Venhuizen, Noortje Joost (2011) Negation in Questions. [Report]

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In this research, we focus on different types of polar questions, in particular the difference between positive polar questions and negative polar questions with high and low negation. We propose a theoretical framework and empirically test some of the predictions of the framework, focusing on the differences in contexts in which different polar question types are licensed. A context is taken to be a combination of speaker belief and contextual evidence. It is shown that positive polar questions and the different types of negative polar questions indeed differ from each other in terms of the contexts in which they occur. Accordingly, the results are formalized in the framework of inquisitive semantics, resulting in an analysis where polar questions coincide with respect to their informative and inquisitive content, but differ from each other in terms of highlighted possibilities and felicity conditions.

Item Type: Report
Report Nr: MoL-2011-06
Series Name: Master of Logic Thesis (MoL) Series
Year: 2011
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2016 14:38
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2016 14:38

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