The Semantics of Questions and the Focusation of Answers

In Topic and Focus: A Cross-Linguistic Perspective. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers 139-151 (2004)
In Krifka (2001) I argued that three distinct phenomena of question semantics – alternative questions like Did it rain or not?, multiple constituent questions with pair-list readings like Who bought what? and the focus patterns of answers to constituent questions – cannot be dealt with adequately within the framework of Alternative Semantics. In Krifka (to appear) I argue that Alternative Semantics also is problematic as a framework for focus semantics in general; in particular, it makes wrong predictions in case focus occurs in syntactic islands.
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