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    Responding to Alternative and Polar Questions.María Biezma & Kyle Rawlins - 2012 - Linguistics and Philosophy 35 (5):361-406.
    This paper gives an account of the differences between polar and alternative questions, as well as an account of the division of labor between compositional semantics and pragmatics in interpreting these types of questions. Alternative questions involve a strong exhaustivity presupposition for the mentioned alternatives. We derive this compositionally from the meaning of the final falling tone and its interaction with the pragmatics of questioning in discourse. Alternative questions are exhaustive in two ways: they exhaust the space of epistemic possibilities, (...)
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    Conditionals.Kyle Rawlins - 2013 - Natural Language Semantics 21 (2):111-178.
    I give an account of the compositional semantics of unconditionals that explains their relationship to if -conditionals in the Lewis/Kratzer/Heim tradition. Unconditionals involve an alternative-denoting adjunct that supplies domain restrictions pointwise to a main-clause operator such as a modal. The differences from if -clauses follow from the structure of the adjuncts; both are conditionals in the Lewisian sense. In the course of treating unconditionals, I provide a concrete implementation of conditionals where conditional adjuncts in general are a species of correlative, (...)
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    Argument or No Argument?Geoffrey K. Pullum & Kyle Rawlins - 2007 - Linguistics and Philosophy 30 (2):277 - 287.
    We examine an argument for the non-context-freeness of English that has received virtually no discussion in the literature. It is based on adjuncts of the form 'X or no X', where X is a nominal. The construction has been held to exemplify unbounded syntactic reduplication. We argue that although the argument can be made in a mathematically valid form, its empirical basis is not secure. First, the claimed unbounded syntactic identity between nominals does not always hold in attested cases, and (...)
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    Using Instruments to Understand Argument Structure: Evidence for Gradient Representation.Lilia Rissman, Kyle Rawlins & Barbara Landau - 2015 - Cognition 142:266-290.
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    How Verbs and Non-Verbal Categories Navigate the Syntax/Semantics Interface: Insights From Cognitive Neuropsychology.Michele Miozzo, Kyle Rawlins & Brenda Rapp - 2014 - Cognition 133 (3):621-640.
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  6. Similarity of Wh-Phrases and Acceptability Variation in Wh-Islands.Emily Atkinson, Aaron Apple, Kyle Rawlins & Akira Omaki - 2016 - Frontiers in Psychology 6.
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