About 'about'

Kyle Rawlins

Abstract


I provide a compositional account of about-PPs in combination with attitude predicates, content nouns, and as a predicate. The account requires that attitude predicates are properties of content-bearing eventualities, rather than relations that take propositions (or other clause denotations) as arguments. I argue further that the relevant notion of 'content' must be extremely general, allowing for question-like, proposition-like, and hybrid meanings.

Keywords


Semantics, pragmatics, questions, attitudes, clause embedding

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3765/salt.v23i0.2688