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ELLERHUR and other Yes/No-question operator candidates in Swedish

Petersson, David LU and Josefsson, Gunlög LU (2010) In Working Papers in Scandinavian Syntax 86.
Abstract
Our point of departure is a new use of the question tag eller hur (or how) „isn‟t it?‟ in Swedish:

(i) Eller hur ska vi åka till Italien i sommar?

or how shall we go to Italy in summer

„We will go to Italy this summer,. won‟t we?‟

We argue that eller hur used in this way is an overt Yes/No-question operator, and that it patterns with visst and nog, which we propose are two other Yes/No-question operators in Swedish.

We also discuss eller hur that combines with a that-clause, a configuration that yields a sentence that in most cases is construed as an ironic statement. We argue that this instance of eller hur is not a question operator, but what we term a non-verbal matrix, and furthermore that... (More)
Our point of departure is a new use of the question tag eller hur (or how) „isn‟t it?‟ in Swedish:

(i) Eller hur ska vi åka till Italien i sommar?

or how shall we go to Italy in summer

„We will go to Italy this summer,. won‟t we?‟

We argue that eller hur used in this way is an overt Yes/No-question operator, and that it patterns with visst and nog, which we propose are two other Yes/No-question operators in Swedish.

We also discuss eller hur that combines with a that-clause, a configuration that yields a sentence that in most cases is construed as an ironic statement. We argue that this instance of eller hur is not a question operator, but what we term a non-verbal matrix, and furthermore that eller hur, followed by a that-clause, patterns with other non-verbal matrices with a similar meaning, such as visst „sure‟ and säkert „sure‟. (Less)
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question tag, sentence type operator, tag question, Yes/No-operator
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Working Papers in Scandinavian Syntax
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86
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20 pages
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Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University
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1100-097X
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English
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  abstract     = {Our point of departure is a new use of the question tag eller hur (or how) „isn‟t it?‟ in Swedish:<br/><br>
(i) Eller hur ska vi åka till Italien i sommar?<br/><br>
or how shall we go to Italy in summer<br/><br>
„We will go to Italy this summer,. won‟t we?‟<br/><br>
We argue that eller hur used in this way is an overt Yes/No-question operator, and that it patterns with visst and nog, which we propose are two other Yes/No-question operators in Swedish.<br/><br>
We also discuss eller hur that combines with a that-clause, a configuration that yields a sentence that in most cases is construed as an ironic statement. We argue that this instance of eller hur is not a question operator, but what we term a non-verbal matrix, and furthermore that eller hur, followed by a that-clause, patterns with other non-verbal matrices with a similar meaning, such as visst „sure‟ and säkert „sure‟.},
  author       = {Petersson, David and Josefsson, Gunlög},
  issn         = {1100-097X},
  keyword      = {question tag,sentence type operator,tag question,Yes/No-operator},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Working Paper},
  pages        = {20},
  publisher    = {Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University},
  series       = {Working Papers in Scandinavian Syntax},
  title        = {ELLERHUR and other Yes/No-question operator candidates in Swedish},
  volume       = {86},
  year         = {2010},
}