Negative polar interrogatives and bias

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This paper develops a discourse based approach to negative polar interrogatives (NIs). NIs are subject to more contextual restrictions than their positive counterparts, a fact that has lead some researchers to assign the two types of question distinct denotations. I argue in favor of standard analyses of polar questions, on which positive and negative interrogatives are equivalent. I show a certain subclass of NIs has a complex semantic type due in part to intonational cues and which constrains their contribtion to discourse logical form.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNew Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence - Joint JSAI 2005 Workshop Post-Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)3540354700, 9783540354703
StatePublished - 2006
EventJoint JSAI 2005 Workshop on New Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence - Kitakyushu City, Japan
Duration: Jun 13 2005Jun 14 2005

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume4012 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


OtherJoint JSAI 2005 Workshop on New Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence
CityKitakyushu City


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