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ERIC Number: ED395448
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 49
Abstractor: N/A
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Focus, Presupposition, and the Formation of A-NOT-A Questions in Chinese.
Zhang, Zheng-sheng
This paper aims to account for what at first appears to be a unique constraint in the formation of A-not-A questions. Most previous analyses employ the pragmatic notion of focus. This paper argues in favor of a presuppositional account, which has wide empirical coverage and is independently motivated and more theoretically coherent than the notion of focus. The first section of the paper introduces the question types in Chinese and two constraints on the formation of A-not-A questions. In section 2, previous analyses are critically surveyed. Section 3 elucidates the problems with the notion of focus both in general and in these specific analyses. Section 4 puts forward a presuppositional account. In section 5, independent motivations for the proposal are given. Section 6 provides a summary of the paper. (Contains 23 references.) (NAV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: A not A Questions; Question Answering; Question Types