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Two Types of Unselected Embedded Questions
Jooyoung Kim and Satoshi Tomioka
276-284 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


Kim and Tomioka analyze embedded questions in Japanese and Korean that appear without any predicates that select them. These unselected questions are divided into two sub-types, and despite their superficial similarities, they are examined separately based on their distinct semantic and pragmatic effects. The first type, Speaker-oriented embedded question (SOEQ), denotes a question in the Conventional Implicature tier in the sense of Potts (2005), and its pragmatic effects are practically identical to those of 'self-addressing questions' (cf. Hara and Davis 2011). The second type, Agent-oriented embedded question (AOEQ), reflects a question from the perspective of the agent of the event described by the matrix clause. Unlike the first type, AOEQs belong to the at-issue tier and contribute to the truth condition of the whole sentence.

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Proceedings of the 31st West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Robert E. Santana-LaBarge
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