This paper explores the correlation between the syntax and semantics of Hebrew multiple wh-questions observed in Kotek (ms.). In particular, it was shown that the structure of a multiple question can limit its possible meanings: superiority-obeying questions may have a single-pair reading as well as a pair-list reading. Superiority-violating questions may only have a pair-list reading but not a single-pair reading. Following Fox (2000, ms.), Kotek (ms.) explains this phenomenon using a global economy condition, the Semantically Sensitive version of Shortest Move (SSSM), which blocks a structure from having a certain meaning if the same meaning could be expressed through a simpler structure. This paper presents two challenges to this account: one from predicates which can force one type of reading on the question they embed regardless of its structure, and another from D-linking effects on Hebrew wh-questions using the object marker et. It proposes a new definition of the domain in which the SSSM must apply.
Proceedings of the 30th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Nathan Arnett and Ryan Bennett
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