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Deriving Specificity, Freechoice and Ignorance with Q-particles in Sinhala
Tharanga Weerasooriya
572-581 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


This paper analyses the semantics of the two particles: -hari and -də (usually treated as Q(uestion)-particle, cf, Slade 2011) in Sinhala (an Indo-Aryan language spoken in Sri Lanka), capturing their systematic occurrence in the contexts of disjunction, indefinite and question constructions. It presents a novel account for the two particles based on the inclusivity and exclusivity constraints that they impose on Hamblin style alternatives. It seeks to account for a wide range of phenomena such as free-choice and specificity effects of indefinites in modal contexts, ignorance implicatures in indefinites, and exhaustivity implicatures in questions, based on the constraints of the two particles on domain alternatives.

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Proceedings of the 34th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Aaron Kaplan, Abby Kaplan, Miranda K. McCarvel, and Edward J. Rubin
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