A hybrid categorial approach of question composition
Yimei Xiang
September 2018

This paper revisits two fundamental issues in question semantics — what does a question mean, and how is this meaning compositionally derived? Drawn on observations with the distribution of wh-words in questions and free relatives as well as quantificational variability effects in question embedding, I argue that the nominal meanings of short answers must be derivable from question denotations, which therefore calls for a categorial approach to define questions. I provide a novel hybrid categorial approach to compose questions. This approach overcomes the problems with traditional categorial approaches in defining bare wh-indefinites, composing multi-wh questions, and coordinating questions.
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keywords: questions, categorial approaches, short answers, quantificational variability, multi-wh questions, question coordinations, free relatives, wh-conditionals, mention-some, wh-indefinites, semantics
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