Márta Abrusán

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The central idea behind this paper is that presuppositions of soft triggers arise from the way our attention structures the informational content of a sentence. Some aspects of the information conveyed are such that we pay attention to them by default, even in the absence of contextual information. On the other hand, contextual cues or conversational goals(More)
Definite descriptions with reference failure have been argued to give rise to different truth-value intuitions depending on the local linguistic context in which they appear. We conducted an experiment to investigate these alleged differences, thereby contributing new data to the debate. We have found that pragmatic strategies dependent on verification and(More)
The goal of this paper is to argue for a new approach to the semantics of degree questions. According to the standard analysis (see, among others, Rullmann 1995 and Beck & Rullmann 1997), a degree question’s LF contains a variable that ranges over individual degrees and is bound by the degree-question operator how. In contrast with this, we will claim that(More)
We consider two hypotheses about how rhetorical structure and QUD structure might come together to provide a more general pragmatic theory. Taking SDRT ([2]) and some basic principles from [18]’s QUD framework as starting points, we first consider the possibility that rhetorical relations can be modelled as QUDs, and vice versa. We ultimately reject this(More)