[Japanese | English]
This talk presents a framework that synthesizes the following hypotheses. (i) There is an isomorphy between the phonological and semantic scopes of focus. (ii) In situ WH phrases in Japanese-type languages are literally focused. (iii) The semantics for WH-questions and ordinary intonational focus are covered by a single system of semantic values involving alternatives. The key idea is to link closely the projection of alternatives in alternative semantics, and the phonological interpretation of focus.
Semantics Research Group
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