Mention-some readings of questions: Complexities from number marking

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Despite the well-known fact that ◇-questions systematically accept mention-some answers, number marking on wh-complements adds two constraints to the distributional pattern of mention-some. First, a singular question admits a unique true answer and hence disallows mention-some. Second, a plural question disallows a mention-some answer that names only a singularity. I argue that the former constraint comes from a closure requirement on short answers, and the latter from the anti-presupposition of the plural morpheme.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages10
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Event20th Amsterdam Colloquium, AC 2015 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Dec 16 2015Dec 18 2015


Conference20th Amsterdam Colloquium, AC 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Software


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