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The existential/uniqueness presupposition of wh-complements projects from the answers

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Original languageEnglish
JournalLinguistics and Philosophy
Early online date9 Sep 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Sep 2020


he projection pattern 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 seman-tic contribution of an operator merging with the wh-complement (Dayal, 1996) or of the embedding predicate (Uegaki, 2015). I propose that the problems can be solved if the existential/uniqueness presupposition is contributed by the propositions corresponding to the answers of the embedded question, under the Hamblin/Karttunen semantics for questions.

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  • questions, embedded questions, wh-complements, presupposition of questions, uniqueness presupposition

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