This paper starts with an informal introduction to inquisitive semantics. After that, we present a formal definition of the semantics, and introduce the basic semantic notions of inquisitiveness and informa-tiveness, in terms of wich we define the semantic categories of questions, assertions, and hybrid sentences. The focus of this paper will be on the… (More)
Multi-context systems (MCS) represent contextual information flow. We show that the semantics of an MCS is completely determined by the information that is obtained when simulating the MCS, in such a way that a minimal amount of information is deduced at each step of the simulation. In MCS, the acquisition of new information is based on the presence of… (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)
This paper presents a novel theory of concealed questions (CQs). The theory is the first to provide a unified and principled account of definite , indefinite, and quantified CQs and CCQs (CQ-containing CQs). It also explains Greenberg's (1977) observation and some related facts.
This paper introduces a semantic framework in which the meaning of a sentence embodies both its informative and its attentive content. This framework allows for an improved implementation of the analysis of might proposed in Ciardelli, Groenendijk, and Roelofsen (2009), which in turn builds on an idea from Groenendijk, Stokhof, and Veltman (1996). The… (More)
In this paper we introduce a multi-context variant of Reiter's default logic. The logic provides a syntac-tical counterpart of Roelofsen and Serafini's information chain approach (IJCAI-05), yet has several advantages: it is closer to standard ways of representing nonmonotonic inference and a number of results from that area come " for free " ; it is closer… (More)