In this paper we discuss a kind of polar questions featuring the fronting of a focal constituent to a left-peripheral position. We argue that this ‘focus fronting’ does not affect the question denotation, but rather contributes some non-at-issue meaning, i.e. either a conventional implicature or a presupposition, whose interpretation is based on the set of alternative propositions provided by the focus structure. We also show that the syntactic well-formedness of focus fronting and the generation of alternative propositions are hardly compatible with the hypothesis that the ‘open polarity’ of the question obtains via movement of a polarity operator from within the sentence radical. We therefore conclude that the Polar Question operator is directly inserted on top of the compositional structure.
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|Titolo:||The derivation and interpretation of polar questions with a fronted focus|
|Citazione:||Bianchi, V., & Cruschina, S. (2016). The derivation and interpretation of polar questions with a fronted focus. LINGUA, 170, 47-68.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|