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Veneeta Dayal

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199281268

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199281268.001.0001

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Single-pair, pair-list, and functional answers

Single-pair, pair-list, and functional answers

(p.93) 4 Single-pair, pair-list, and functional answers

Veneeta Dayal

Oxford University Press

This chapter deals with pair-list and functional answers to multiple wh questions/questions with universal quantifiers. An account, in which wh expressions are quantifiers over Skolem functions, is needed for functional answers and can be extended to list answers. Subject–object asymmetries are explained by taking the trace of functional wh expressions to be structure-sensitive. List answers to questions with plural definites are treated as pragmatic elaborations of plural individual answers under their cumulative reading. Alternative proposals for deriving choice readings of questions with indefinites as well as for questions with quantifiers are considered. One proposal treats list answers as denoting a family of questions and captures the relevant facts without quantification over functions. The move to higher order questions brings echo vs. non-echo multiple questions and direct vs. indirect questions into the discussion. Two distinct ways of deriving higher order questions and possible empirical arguments for choosing between them are presented.

Keywords:   pair-list answers, functional answers, questions with quantifiers, multiple wh questions, questions with plural definites, questions with indefinites, higher order questions, echo questions

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