Decomposing universal projection in questions


  • Bernhard Schwarz
  • Alexandra Simonenko


Revising a proposal by Guerzoni (2003), we propose to derive universal projection of presuppositions in wh-questions, where attested, from a family of three felicity conditions on question use. Assuming that these felicity conditions can be violated under certain conditions, this proposal predicts a typology of contexts where universal projection can exceptionally be unattested. We propose that this prediction is correct, presenting a family of scenarios where the expected absence of universal projection is observed.




How to Cite

Schwarz, B., & Simonenko, A. (2019). Decomposing universal projection in questions. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 22(2), 361–374. Retrieved from