Danny Fox's mini-course in July

Topics in the syntax and semantics of wh-constructions
Danny Fox (MIT)
 
When: July 9, 11, 13 and 16
10:30-14:00
 
Course Description:
These lectures will focus on evidence that questions always involve movement of a wh-phrase (overt of covert), as assumed by Karttunen but denied in much recent literature. The evidence will be based on the licensing conditions for parasitic gaps, with particular focus on constructions involving pied-piping. Time permitting, we will address issues pertaining to the notion of answerhood appropriate for interrogative constructions and the way it interacts with assumptions about the syntactic mechanisms involved. Here we will focus on the presuppositions generated by questions under various readings: uniqueness, pair-list, and mention-some.