Concealed questions without meta-meta-questions

  • Boram Kim


Sentences like John knows the price that Fred knows are ambiguous between ‘Reading A’ and ‘Reading B’. When such sentences have a further embedding, existing analyses predict ‘Reading C’ that involves meta-meta-questions. This paper presents an analysis in which the escalating ambiguity disappears when the referent of concealed question DP has a proper name. I show that Reading C is reduced to a version of Reading B without meta-meta-questions. The proposal is based on the idea that questions are given different interpretations depending on the perspective taken to identify entities in the domain.
How to Cite
Kim, B. (2021). Concealed questions without meta-meta-questions. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 25, 466-479.