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We propose that the antecedent of a donkey pronoun takes scope over and binds the donkey pronoun, just like any other quantificational antecedent would bind a pronoun. We flesh out this idea in a grammar that compositionally derives the truth conditions of donkey sentences containing conditionals and relative clauses, including those involving modals and(More)
This paper discusses three potential varieties of update: updates to the common ground, structuring updates, and updates that introduce discourse referents. These different types of update are used to model different aspects of natural language phenomena. Not-at-issue information directly updates the common ground. The illocutionary mood of a sentence(More)
This paper examines how intonation affects the interpretation of disjunctive questions. The semantic effect of a question is taken to be threefold. First, it raises an issue. In the tradition of inquisitive semantics, we model this by assuming that a question proposes several possible updates of the common ground (several possibilities for short) and(More)
In classical logic, the proposition expressed by a sentence is construed as a set of possible worlds, capturing the informative content of the sentence. However, sentences in natural language are not only used to provide information, but also to request information. Thus, natural language semantics requires a logical framework whose notion of meaning does(More)
I propose a novel theory of concealed questions that treats them as ascriptions of de re-belief. I adopt Aloni (2000)'s theory of conceptual covers and require that the context supplies a suitable identifier in addition to the one expressed by the argument DP of the concealed question predicate. The theory accounts for the core examples discussed in the(More)