Expressives in Questions

Davis, Christopher and Eric McCready. 2016. Expressives in Questions. In Mary Moroney, Carol-Rose Little, Jacob Collard, and Dan Burgdorf (eds.), Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 26: 753-772.


This paper explores the interaction of expressive content with the operation of alternative generation in question denotations. We take as test cases expressive antihonorifics appearing in wh-words, wh-phrases and verbal morphology, and show that antihonorific content within the wh-phrase applies to all alternatives, while antihonorifics outside the wh-phrase apply only to true alternatives, closing with implications for the theory of expressive meaning.

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