On negative yes/no questions

Linguistics and Philosophy 27 (5):609-658 (2004)
Preposed negation yes/no (yn)-questions like Doesn''t Johndrink? necessarily carry the implicature that the speaker thinks Johndrinks, whereas non-preposed negation yn-questions like DoesJohn not drink? do not necessarily trigger this implicature. Furthermore,preposed negation yn-questions have a reading ``double-checking'''' pand a reading ``double-checking'''' p, as in Isn''t Jane comingtoo? and in Isn''t Jane coming either? respectively. We present otheryn-questions that raise parallel implicatures and argue that, in allthe cases, the presence of an epistemic conversational operator VERUMderives the existence and content of the implicature as well as thep/ p-ambiguity.
Keywords yes/no-question  negation  preposed negation  verum  epistemic implicature  epistemic bias
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DOI 10.1023/B:LING.0000033850.15705.94
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