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