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Japanese alternative questions and a unified in-situ semantics for ka

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 21
EditorsRobert Truswell, Chris Cummins, Caroline Heycock, Brian Rabern, Hannah Rohde
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherUniversity of Edinburgh
Pages1253-1270
Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2018

Abstract

In Japanese, the interpretation of a clause involving a wh-item and the Q-particle kais conditioned by the syntactic position of ka. In a parallel fashion, we observe that the syntactic position of ka conditions the interpretation of a disjunctive construction of the form a-ka b-ka. We propose a two-tier alternative semantics for wh+ka and ka-disjunction that accounts for the parallel syntactic conditioning effect in a unified fashion.

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