Wh-islands in degree questions: A semantic approach

Márta Abrusán

Abstract


It is proposed that wh-islands with degree questions are unacceptable because they cannot be given a most informative true answer. Wh-islands thus are shown to be similar to other cases of weak islands which have been argued to result from Maximization Failure, in particular negative islands (cf. Fox & Hackl 2007).

Permanent DOI link: http://dx.doi.org/10.3765/sp.4.5

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questions; weak islands; degree semantics; question-embedding verbs

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3765/sp.4.5

ISSN: 1937-8912

Journal doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3765/sp