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Veneeta Dayal

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199281268

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199281268.001.0001

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Veneeta Dayal

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199281268.003.0005

This chapter investigates issues specific to indirect questions. They are separated from morpho-syntactically similar free clauses and exclamatives, as well as from noun phrases with question-like interpretations, namely concealed questions. The theory of complement selection, c-selection and s-selection, is probed to determine whether the effects of s-selection at least can be derived from independently needed aspects of grammar. Embeddability of polar vs. constituent questions, and the possibility of inversion under rogative and responsive predicates are probed. Concealed questions require a mapping from noun phrases to question semantics. There are restrictions on the nature of the head noun and on the range of meanings that make this task challenging. Quantificational variability effects are also studied. Responsive predicates typically support this phenomenon but rogative predicates have been argued to do so under specific conditions. The various analyses proposed have different implications for the relationship between the embedded question and the embedding predicate.

Keywords:   selection, responsive predicates, rogative predicates, inversion, quantificational variability, adverbs of quantification, polar questions, concealed questions, free relatives

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