Higher-order readings of wh-questions
Yimei Xiang
October 2019

In most cases, a wh-question expects an answer that names an entity in the set denoted by the wh-complement. However, evidence from questions with modals or collective predicates shows that sometimes a wh-question must be interpreted with a higher-order reading, in which this question expects an answer that names a higher-order meaning such as a generalized quantifier. This paper investigates the distribution and the compositional derivation of higher-order readings of wh-questions.
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keywords: wh-words, questions, higher-order readings, quantifiers, boolean coordinations, number-marking, uniqueness, collectivity, reconstruction, semantics
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