Fragment Functional Answers

Yael Sharvit, Jungmin Kang


There are usually two grammatical ways to provide an answer to a question: a full clause reply and a fragment reply. Some fragment replies are well-formed as answers to some types of questions but not to others, and some full clause replies are well-formed as answers to some types of questions but not to others. We account for this fact with a variant of a theory of questions according to which fragment replies are basic semantic answers, and full-clause replies are parasitic on them.

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