Negative Polar Interrogatives and Bias
This paper develops a discourse based approach to negative polar interrogatives (nis). nis are subject to more contextual restrictions than their positive counterparts, a fact that has lead some researchers to assign the two types of question distinct denotations. I argue in favor of standard analyses of polar questions, on which positive and negative interrogatives are equivalent. I show a certain subclass of nis has a complex semantic type due in part to intonational cues and which constrains their contribtion to discourse logical form.
KeywordsNational Contour Neutral Context Polar Interrogative Discourse Representation Theory Discourse Function
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