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Experimental evidence for the contextual acceptability of biased questions and tag questions in English

Experimental evidence for the contextual acceptability of biased questions and tag questions in English
Experimental evidence for the contextual acceptability of biased questions and tag questions in English
I present the results of an experiment in which 113 English speakers were asked if they would prefer to produce matrix biased questions or tag questions in neutral and negative evidential contexts. Results show speakers prefer biased questions in negative contexts and tag questions in neutral contexts. Despite the close syntactic and semantic relationship between the two constructions posited in the literature, then, the results indicate that the two are distinct. I suggest an analysis for these results building on Reese & Asher (2006) and Gunlogson (2008).
331-349
Leiden University
Jamieson, E.
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van Alem, Astrid
Ionova, Anastasiia
Pots, Cora
Jamieson, E.
b515cd5a-5d83-4315-9719-e73db1ea5351
van Alem, Astrid
Ionova, Anastasiia
Pots, Cora

Jamieson, E. (2018) Experimental evidence for the contextual acceptability of biased questions and tag questions in English. In, van Alem, Astrid, Ionova, Anastasiia and Pots, Cora (eds.) ConSOLE XXVI: Proceedings of the 26th Conference of the Student Organization of Linguistics in Europe. Leiden. Leiden University, pp. 331-349.

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Abstract

I present the results of an experiment in which 113 English speakers were asked if they would prefer to produce matrix biased questions or tag questions in neutral and negative evidential contexts. Results show speakers prefer biased questions in negative contexts and tag questions in neutral contexts. Despite the close syntactic and semantic relationship between the two constructions posited in the literature, then, the results indicate that the two are distinct. I suggest an analysis for these results building on Reese & Asher (2006) and Gunlogson (2008).

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Published date: 23 December 2018

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Local EPrints ID: 443850
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/443850
PURE UUID: 44212dc6-f5ca-4d15-94f6-a0fc0ca9273d
ORCID for E. Jamieson: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8679-3360

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Date deposited: 14 Sep 2020 16:37
Last modified: 15 Sep 2020 01:54

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Author: E. Jamieson ORCID iD
Editor: Astrid van Alem
Editor: Anastasiia Ionova
Editor: Cora Pots

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