Shapes of Conversation and At-Issue Content

Julie Hunter, Nicholas Asher

Abstract


While not-at-issue (NAI) content is typically introduced via particular syntactic constructions, accounts of NAI content that only consider the syntax/semantics interface face empirical difficulties. We develop a new approach to NAI content that exploits features of discourse structure to solve these difficulties, and we provide some insight on the strategic uses of NAI constructions.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3765/salt.v26i0.3946