By I. Comorovski
Interrogative words and the Syntax-Semantics Interface begins by means of interpreting the translation of interrogative words in unmarried and a number of constituent questions, together with their interpretation below adverbs of quantification. the implications are then positioned to paintings in a unique method of the various constraints on dependencies among fronted interrogative words and the linked gaps: superiority, vulnerable crossover, in addition to the so-called `weak islands' (the WH-island, the adverse island and the Factive Island). it really is argued that the potential for fronting an interrogative word out of those configurations depends on a semantic/pragmatic on questions, which calls for them to be answerable. The research is labored out mostly on Romanian, a language which permits a number of wh-fronting. the implications are then prolonged to English.
Audience: Researchers and scholars in syntax, semantics and their interface, in addition to linguists learning the relation among the acceptability of sentences and the bigger discourse context.
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4. 1. Adverbs of Quantity and the Quantificational Variability Effect Lahiri (1991) offers an analysis of the quantificational variability of embedded wh-phrases quite different from Berman's (1991) (which we reviewed in section 1). According to Lahiri, there are two types of adverbs of quantification: adverbs of quantity, such as largely, with few exceptions, for the most part, in part, mostly, and adverbs of frequency, such as often, seldom, usually, always, generally. The former occur in episodic sentences, whereas the latter occur in habitual sentences.
According to this generalization, an answer to the embedded question must pair every patron with some car. Since the valet knows a large part of the answer, he knows most of the patron-car pairs, but not all of them. Berman (1991) gives examples with adverbs of frequency parallel to (93). Here is one of his examples: (94) John usually knows which students submitted which abstracts. ' The paraphrase under the sentence in (94) is in fact not an accurate rendering of the meaning of the sentence. Thus, imagine that for one conference, there are 30 student-abstract pairs, and John knows them all.
In person? g. wonder, ask, inquire, filter out the existential presupposition of their wh-complement. To see why, I will treat verbs in the wonder class as meaning 'want to know' and rely on Heim's (1992) analysis of presupposition projection in propositional attitude contexts. Heim (1992) starts from a descriptive generalization of Karttunen (1973, 1974), who observed that if the complement of an attitude verb presupposes p, then the sentence as a whole presupposes that the attitude holder believes p.