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Argument wh-questions and implications in Swedish

Colonna Dahlman, Roberta LU (2012) In Discourse & Grammar. A Festschrift in Honor of Valéria Molnár p.147-159
Abstract
In this paper, I discuss the following questions:

- What kind of implication arises from an argument wh-question?

- What kind of implication arises from a clefted argument wh-question in Swedish?

- Is there any difference in Swedish between clefted and non-clefted argument wh-questions with regard to the implications of existence they give rise to?

I argue that both types of argument wh-questions in Swedish, clefted and non-clefted, give rise to the same kind of pragmatic implication and that the choice between clefted and non-clefted form does not depend on a difference in semantic content, but is, in most cases, determined by the kind of propositional attitude held by the speaker. In particular, I... (More)
In this paper, I discuss the following questions:

- What kind of implication arises from an argument wh-question?

- What kind of implication arises from a clefted argument wh-question in Swedish?

- Is there any difference in Swedish between clefted and non-clefted argument wh-questions with regard to the implications of existence they give rise to?

I argue that both types of argument wh-questions in Swedish, clefted and non-clefted, give rise to the same kind of pragmatic implication and that the choice between clefted and non-clefted form does not depend on a difference in semantic content, but is, in most cases, determined by the kind of propositional attitude held by the speaker. In particular, I argue that every wh-question requires some way in which the questioner, the one asking a wh-question, is cognitively related to the truth of some proposition. Moreover, I show that clefted argument wh-questions are preferred in Swedish when the speaker holds a very strong commitment to the truth of the proposition. (Less)
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Argument wh-questions, Clefted argument wh-questions, Presupposition, Propositional attitudes
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Discourse & Grammar. A Festschrift in Honor of Valéria Molnár
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Brandtler, Johan; Håkansson, David; Huber, Stefan and Klingvall, Eva
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147 - 159
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Lund University
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978-91-637-0411-6
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English
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- What kind of implication arises from an argument wh-question? <br/><br>
- What kind of implication arises from a clefted argument wh-question in Swedish? <br/><br>
- Is there any difference in Swedish between clefted and non-clefted argument wh-questions with regard to the implications of existence they give rise to? <br/><br>
I argue that both types of argument wh-questions in Swedish, clefted and non-clefted, give rise to the same kind of pragmatic implication and that the choice between clefted and non-clefted form does not depend on a difference in semantic content, but is, in most cases, determined by the kind of propositional attitude held by the speaker. In particular, I argue that every wh-question requires some way in which the questioner, the one asking a wh-question, is cognitively related to the truth of some proposition. Moreover, I show that clefted argument wh-questions are preferred in Swedish when the speaker holds a very strong commitment to the truth of the proposition.},
  author       = {Colonna Dahlman, Roberta},
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  title        = {Argument wh-questions and implications in Swedish},
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