Non-canonical Questions in French, German, and Beyond 2019

Страна: Германия

Город: Konstanz

Тезисы до: 01.08.2019

Даты: 21.11.19 — 22.11.19

Область наук: Филологические;

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Организаторы: University of Konstanz


The aim of this workshop is to discuss non-canonical questions from a cross-linguistic perspective, with a focus on French and German. We are interested in contributions exploring how semantic and pragmatic factors affect the meaning of interrogative sentences and how modal components and particularly information structure interact with the speech act of questioning. By 'non-canonical' questions we mean questions that do not request information from the addressee in the first place, but rather tell us something about the speaker's epistemic and/or emotional state (e.g., echo questions, rhetorical questions, surprise questions).

For instance, non-canonical readings can be triggered by a construction marking narrow focus in a context where a narrow focus is not expected, by lexical elements such as modal particles or the non-argumental use of wh-elements (German was, French qu'est-ce que), or by syntactic strategies like focus fronting, dislocation, or wh-in-situ.

The focus of this workshop is the comparison between French and German, but we are also open to submissions that refer to this comparison when investigating further languages.

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