Lexically triggered uniquenes in wh-questions: An argument from Brazilian Portuguese

Vincent Rouillard, Filipe Hisao Kobayashi


Recent discussion on the source of uniqueness in English singular which-question has debated whether this is due to a general requirement that questions have a maximally informative true answer (Dayal 1996), or whether uniqueness is
lexically triggered by which (Hirsch & Schwarz 2020). We present novel data from Brazilian Portuguese which argue that at least some wh-interrogatives are lexical triggers for uniqueness.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.3765/salt.v31i0.5125

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