Questions and Answers in Embedded Contexts by Utpal Lahiri

Questions and Answers in Embedded Contexts

byUtpal Lahiri

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Linguists (and others) have realised for some time that predicates of the 'know' and 'wonder' classes behave differently, in semantic terms, with respect to their interrogative complements, but have not so far fully understood how or why. This book seeks to explore and to provide solutions tothis and to related problems in explaining the meaning and grammar of embedded interrogatives and the predicates that take interrogative complements. The investigation extends to the semantics of adverbs of quantification, theories of plurals, and lexical selection. The work is addressed to those working in semantics and to syntacticians concerned with the constraints that syntactic structure imposes on semantic interpretation. It is at the heart of current research in the syntax-semantics interface. Although some knowledge of formal semantics is assumed, thebook has been written to be accessible to researchers in computer science, philosophy, and cognitive science.

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Utpal Lahiri is Visiting Assistant Professor of Linguistics at MIT. Having obtained his doctorate from MIT in 1991, he was Visiting Lecturer at the University of Connecticut, Lecturer at MIT, and Assistant Professor at the University of California, Irvine.

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Title:Questions and Answers in Embedded ContextsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.67 inPublished:January 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199246521

ISBN - 13:9780199246526

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. A Brief Survey of Some Issues in the Semantics of Questions3. Quantificational Variability I: Adverbial modification of embedded interrogatives4. Embedded Interrogatives and Plurality5. Quantificational Variability II: Adverbial modification of interrogative-embedding predicates6. The Syntax of Embedded Interrogatives

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`For internal promotion onlyPublication will be an important occasion. The book's simplifying vision of the semantics of interrogatives promises to finally make the subject fit for introductory graduate courses.'Professor B. Schein, University of Southern California