Shapes of Conversation and At-Issue Content

Julie Hunter, Nicholas Asher


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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