Concealed Questions by Ilaria FranaConcealed Questions by Ilaria Frana

Concealed Questions

byIlaria Frana

Paperback | April 8, 2017

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This book presents a novel analysis of concealed-question constructions, reports of a mental attitude in which part of a sentence looks like a nominal complement (e.g. Eve's phone number in Adam knows Eve's phone number), but is interpreted as an indirect question (Adam knows what Eve's phonenumber is). Such constructions are puzzling in that they raise the question of how their meaning derives from their constituent parts. In particular, how a nominal complement (Eve's phone number), normally used to refer to an entity (e.g. Eve's actual phone number in Adam dialled Eve's phone number)ends up with a question-like meaning. In this book, Ilaria Frana adopts a theory according to which noun phrases with concealed question meanings are analysed as individual concepts. The traditional individual concept theory is modified and applied to the phenomena discussed in the recent literature and some new problematic data. Theend result is a fully compositional account of a wide range of concealed-question constructions. The exploration of concealed questions offered in the book provides insights into both issues in semantic theory, such as the nature of quantification in natural languages and the use of type shifter inthe grammar, and issues surrounding the syntax-semantics interface, such as the interpretation of copy traces and the effects on semantic interpretation of different syntactic analyses of relative clauses. The book will interest scholars and graduate students in linguistics, especially thoseinterested in semantics and the syntax-semantics interface, as well as philosophers of language working on the topic of intensionality.
Ilaria Frana completed her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2010 with a specialization in Formal Semantics. Since then, she has taught at the University of Goettingen, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the University of Connecticut, and is now Assistant Professor at the University of Enna ...
Title:Concealed QuestionsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0 inPublished:April 8, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199670935

ISBN - 13:9780199670932

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Concealed questions and questions3. Concealed questions and individual concepts4. Pair list and set readings5. Concealed questions and meta-questionsConclusion