The Semantics of Rising Intonation in Interrogatives and Declaratives

  • Marie Šafařová

Abstract

We analyze rising declaratives in English as modal expressions of epistemic uncertainty and argue that their question-like behavior is a secondary effect derived from maxims of rational conversation. In order to express the meaning with formal semantics, we combine Veltman’s update semantics with the test operator with a simple semantics for polar questions.
Published
2019-08-20
How to Cite
Šafařová, M. (2019). The Semantics of Rising Intonation in Interrogatives and Declaratives. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 9, 355-369. https://doi.org/10.18148/sub/2005.v9i0.774