This paper analyzes four kinds of Cantonese polar questions, HO2, ME1, AA4 and A-NOT-A questions in the framework of radical in-ME1 and A-NOT-A questions have multi-dimensional semantics. In addition to their primary speech act of questioning, HO2 and ME1 interrogatives encode secondary assertive acts of positive and negative expectations , respectively,… (More)
This paper argues in favor of Haiman's (1978) idea that conditionals and topics are analogous. The evidence comes from exhaustifi-cation over topicalized questions, which have the same semantics as conditional questions (Isaacs & Rawlins, 2008).
I adapt recent results by Merin, Blutner, Jäger, Krifka, van Rooy, and others to obtain integrated pragmatic values for utterances, thereby moving towards a precise definition of pragmatic felicity. I model speakers' perspectives with probability distributions over the set of possible worlds. The quality-rating of an utterance is an exponent of the… (More)
This paper will explain the asymmetry parallelism between node 'because' and toki 'when' in terms of the availability of Evidential Phrase in syntax, following the analysis by Chinque , Speas  and Tenny . This (in)compatibility of Evidential Phrases with Adjunct Clauses is further motivated by the syntax-semantics difference of Adjunct Clauses… (More)