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Veneeta Dayal


The study of questions is one of the major success stories in modern semantics. This book synthesizes and integrates 40 years of research on the semantics of questions, and its interface with pragmatics and syntax. The topics covered are extensive and varied: direct–indirect questions, weak–strong exhaustiveness, maximality, mention-some answers, functional answers, single-multiple-trapped list answers, higher order questions, embedding predicates, selection, quantificational variability, concealed questions, weak islands, pied piping, focus, intervention, polar and alternative questions, bias ... More

Keywords: direct questions, indirect questions, answers, embedding predicates, exhaustiveness, functional readings, pair-list readings, non-canonical questions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199281268
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199281268.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Veneeta Dayal, author
Professor of Linguistics, Rutgers University