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On the projection of the presupposition of embedded questions

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT 28)
EditorsSireemas Maspong, Brynhildur Stefánsdóttir, Katherine Blake, Forrest Davis
PublisherLinguistic Society of America
Pages789-808
Number of pages20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Abstract

The projection patterns of the existential/uniqueness presupposition of a wh-complement varies depending on the predicate that embeds it. This variation poses problems for existing accounts that treat the presupposition as a semantic contribution of an operator merging with the wh-complement (Dayal 1996) or by the embedding predicate (Uegaki 2015). Rather, the patterns suggest an analysis that treats the presupposition as contributed by the propositions corresponding to the answers of the embedded question.

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  • embedded questions, complementation, presupposition projection, the presup-position of wh-complements

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