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Inquisitive Semantics

Ivano Ciardelli, Jeroen Groenendijk, and Floris Roelofsen


There is an age-old tradition in linguistics and philosophy to identify the meaning of a entence with its truth-conditions. This can be explained by the fact that linguistic and philosophical investigations are usually carried out in a logical framework that was originally designed to characterize valid reasoning. Indeed, in order to determine whether an argument is valid, it suffices to know the truth-conditions of the premises and conclusion. However, argumentation is neither the sole, nor the primary function of language. One task that language more widely and ordinarily fulfils is to enabl ... More

Keywords: inquisitive semantics, questions, coordination, modals, conditionals, intonational meaning

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198814788
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198814788.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ivano Ciardelli, author
Assistant Professor, Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, Ludwig Maximilian University

Jeroen Groenendijk, author
Professor Emeritus, Institute for Logic, Language, and Computation, University of Amsterdam

Floris Roelofsen, author
Associate Professor, Institute for Logic, Language, and Computation, University of Amsterdam