[PLing] Talk by Béata Gyuris (June 25)

Viola Schmitt viola.schmitt at univie.ac.at
Mon Jun 17 12:21:48 CEST 2019

Dear all,

on June 25, Béata Gyuris (University of Vienna & Hungarian Academy of 
Sciences, Budapest) will present her work.

Title of the talk: Biased polar questions in Hungarian (see below for 
the abstract)
Time: Tuesday, June 25, 6pm
Place: Department of linguistics, Sensengasse 3a, Seminarraum 3

Everyone is cordially invited.

Martin Prinzhorn, Viola Schmitt

Biased polar questions in Hungarian
Beáta Gyuris

The talk provides a survey of the basic form types that can be used to
encode polar questions in Hungarian, which include
a) polar interrogatives marked with the help of the -e interrogative
particle, and
b) polar interrogatives marked with the help of a final rise-fall (/\)
intonation contour.

It is argued hat whereas both forms can be shown to represent the
interrogative sentence type (e.g. due to compatibility with NPIs), and
both are available to encode information questions in a neutral context,
in other contexts their distribution is quite different. For example,
-e-interrrogatives are excluded from contexts where evidence supporting
the positive answer is present, and are not available for encoding
indirect requests. In addition, whereas negative /\-interrogatives give
rise to both inside and outside negation readings (cf. Ladd 1981),
negative  e-interrrogatives only give rise to the latter.

The distributional facts are represented in a two-dimensional system of
bias types, proposed by Sudo (2013). We look at how the distinctions 
be accommodated into recent theoretical models of polar interrogatives
(Farkas&Bruce 2010, Krifka 2015).

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