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dc.contributor.authorGoddard, Cliffen
local.source.editorEditor(s): Peter Collins and Mengistu Amberberen
dc.date.accessioned2009-09-07T09:31:00Z
dc.date.issued2002en
dc.identifier.citationProceedings of the 2002 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, p. 1-7en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/2318en
dc.description.abstractThis short paper investigates the semantics of yes/no questions, using the reductive paraphrase methodology of the Natural Semantic Metalanguage theory (Wierzbicka 1996, Goddard and Wierzbicka 2002). This topic may strike some people as an odd one. To judge from the literature, linguists generally seem to think that there are no real problems with yes/no questions, at least not compared with their much-studied cousins, the wh-questions. I will try to show that the apparent simplicity of yes/no questions is illusory, and that yes/no questions can be decomposed – both semantically and syntactically – into simpler structures. I will also be asking how it is that such questions can presuppose or invite an answer in the form of yes or no, which in turn means asking: What are the meanings of yes and no themselves? Many people would assume that they must be universals (cf. the quotation from Swedish philosopher Tore Nordenstam above), but this assumption is challenged by the existence of multiple "yes words" and "no words" in some languages and by their non-existence in other languages.en
dc.languageenen
dc.publisherUniversity of New South Walesen
dc.relation.ispartofProceedings of the 2002 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Societyen
dc.titleYes or no?: The complex semantics of a simple questionen
dc.typeConference Publicationen
dc.relation.conferenceAustralian Linguistic Society Conference 2002 , Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, 13 - 14 July 2002en
dc.subject.keywordsLinguistic Structures (incl Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics)en
local.contributor.firstnameCliffen
local.subject.for2008200408 Linguistic Structures (incl Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics)en
local.subject.seo2008950201 Communication Across Languages and Cultureen
local.profile.schoolSchool of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciencesen
local.profile.emailcgoddard@une.edu.auen
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local.record.placeauen
local.record.institutionUniversity of New Englanden
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local.publisher.placeOnlineen
local.format.startpage1en
local.format.endpage7en
local.peerreviewedYesen
local.title.subtitleThe complex semantics of a simple questionen
local.contributor.lastnameGoddarden
dc.identifier.staffune-id:cgoddarden
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local.identifier.unepublicationidune:2391en
dc.identifier.academiclevelAcademicen
local.title.maintitleYes or no?en
local.output.categorydescriptionE1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publicationen
local.relation.urlhttp://www.als.asn.au/proceedings/als2002.htmlen
local.relation.urlhttp://www.als.asn.au/proceedings/als2002/Goddard.pdfen
local.conference.detailsAustralian Linguistic Society Conference 2002 , Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, 13 - 14 July 2002en
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