Expressives and Questions

Christopher Michael Davis, Eric McCready

Abstract


This paper explores the interaction of expressive content with the oper- ation 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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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3765/salt.v26i0.3878

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