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On the semantics and logical form of WH-clauses

Berman, Stephen Robert (1991) On the semantics and logical form of WH-clauses. PhD.

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A logicosemantic analysis of certain kinds of wh clauses is developed, on which wh-phrases translate as open sentences, that is, as expressions of the semantic ally interpreted representation which contain free varables. Evidence is presented that sentences tha embed indirect questions constitute a semantically heterogeneous class, consisting of those interprated as quantified sentences, and those interpreted in the same way as direct questions. The evidence consists primarily in the distribution of wh-phrase quantifiability by adverbs of quantification.The theoretical framework is the kind of representationaldiscourse semantics developed independently by Heim and Kamp, in particular the elaboration of the work by Lewis on restricted quantification and the variable quantificational force of indefinites under such adverbs

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Language: English
Publisher: University of Groningen
Place of Publication: Amherst
Date of graduation: 3 February 1991
Status: Published
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2020 10:45
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2020 10:45

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