Questions by Veneeta DayalQuestions by Veneeta Dayal


byVeneeta Dayal

Paperback | December 10, 2016

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This book synthesizes and integrates 40 years of research on the semantics of questions, and its interface with pragmatics and syntax, conducted within the formal semantics tradition. A wide range of topics are covered, including weak-strong exhaustiveness, maximality, functional answers,single-multiple-trapped list answers, embedding predicates, quantificational variability, concealed questions, weak islands, polar and alternative questions, negative polarity, and non-canonical questions. The literature on this rich set of topics, theoretically diverse and scattered across multiplevenues, is often hard to assimilate. Veneeta Dayal, drawing on her own research, brings them together for the first time in a coherent, concise, and well-structured whole. Each chapter begins with a non-technical introduction to the issues discussed; semantically sophisticated accounts are then presented incrementally, with the majorpoints summarized at the end of each section. Written in an accessible style, this book provides both a guide to one of the most vibrant areas of research in natural language and an account of how this area of study is developing. It will be a unique resource for the novice and expert alike, and seeks to appeal to a variety of readers withoutcompromising depth and breadth of coverage.
Veneeta Dayal is Professor of Linguistics at Rutgers University, where she has taught semantics since 1990. She principally studies the semantics of natural language and its interface with syntax, typically from a cross-linguistic perspective, with particular focus on wh-constructions, bare nominals, (in)definiteness, genericity, word ...
Title:QuestionsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.03 inPublished:December 10, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199281270

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Table of Contents

General prefaceAcknowledgments1. Introducing questions and answers2. A theory of questions and answers3. Exhaustive and non-exhaustive answers4. Single-pair, pair-list, and functional answers5. Embedded questions6. Weak islands and extraction7. Wh inside islands8. Focus and alternatives9. Non-canonical questionsAfterwordReferencesIndex