Semantics of metalinguistic focus
Haoze Li
December 2017

Focus on metalinguistic aspects of utterances, despite being a robust phenomenon in natural language, is unamenable to the standard semantics of focus. Nonetheless, I show that this type of focus can be understood in terms of standard focus semantics, if we incorporate insights from Potts' (2007) multi-dimensional semantics of mixed quotations. Moreover, I develop a scope-taking account, in the spirit of Charlow (2014), to compositionally synthesize focus semantics and quotation semantics.
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Reference: lingbuzz/003789
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Published in: Proceedings of 2017 Amsterdam Colloquium
keywords: metalinguistic focus, multi-dimensional semantics, scope, compositional semantics, semantics, syntax
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