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dc.contributor.author Westera, Matthijs
dc.date.accessioned 2018-10-10T09:48:39Z
dc.date.available 2018-10-10T09:48:39Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Westera M. QUDs, brevity, and the asymmetry of alternatives. In: Cremers A, van Gessel T, Roelofsen F, editors. Proceedings of the 21st Amsterdam Colloquium; 2017 Dec 20-22; Amsterdam, Holland. Amsterdam: ILLC, University of Amsterdam; 2017. p. 502-10.
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/35591
dc.description Comunicació presentada al Amsterdam Colloquium 2017, celebrat a Amsterdam (Holanda) del 20 a 22 de desembre de 2017
dc.description.abstract Exhaustivity is typically explained in terms of the exclusion of unmentioned alternatives. For this to work, the set of alternatives must be asymmetrical, lest both a proposition and its negation get excluded, yielding a contradiction (the Symmetry Problem). Since exhaustivity is regularly observed, these alternative sets must tend to be asymmetrical, and this requires an explanation. Existing explanations are based on considerations of brevity, but these run into certain problems. A new solution is proposed, explaining the asymmetry of alternatives in terms of the fact that discourse strategies with asymmetrical questions under discussion (Quds) are favored because they allow part of the answer to be communicated implicitly, namely as an exhaustivity implicature.
dc.description.sponsorship Many thanks to Floris Roelofsen and Jeroen Groenendijk for their comments on many iterations of this work. This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Unions Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 715154). This paper reflects the authors’ view only, and the EU is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC)
dc.relation.ispartof Cremers A, van Gessel T, Roelofsen F, editors. Proceedings of the 21st Amsterdam Colloquium; 2017 Dec 20-22; Amsterdam, Holland. Amsterdam: ILLC, University of Amsterdam; 2017. p. 502-10.
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dc.title QUDs, brevity, and the asymmetry of alternatives
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/conferenceObject
dc.subject.keyword Symmetry problem
dc.subject.keyword Scalar implicature
dc.subject.keyword Exhaustivity
dc.subject.keyword Question under discussion
dc.subject.keyword Discourse strategy
dc.subject.keyword Alternatives
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/H2020/715154
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