Epistemic bias anti-lincenses NPIs in polar questions

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  • Tue Trinh Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft

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https://doi.org/10.3765/724jzm91

Abstract

There is general agreement that the distribution of any is unrestricted in polar questions. I argue that this is not the case: in contexts where there is epistemic bias in favor of the prejacent of a polar question, the question exhibits the same behavior as a declarative with respect to the licensing of any. I provide an account for this observation in terms of intervention: epistemic bias forces polar questions to be parsed as having a silent modal E which intervenes between any and the question operator whether that otherwise licenses any.

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2024-01-19

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