Welcome to Linguistics at Rutgers University

The course will explore correlations between the interrogative syntactic form and the speech act of requesting information. Among the specific issues that will be discussed are: approaches to question denotations as sets of propositions/partitions on possible worlds, differences between direct vs. indirect answers and partial vs. complete answers, the semantics of the wh quantifier, number morphology in wh expressions, ways of deriving uniqueness/maximality in answers, functional and pair list readings, negation and negative polarity items, multiple wh questions, D-linking and extra-ordinary scope, question embedding predicates, non-standard (echo, rhetorical, declarative) questions.

Prerequisite: 16:615:531 or permission of instructor.

Professor Bittner's Syllabus for Fall 2010
Professor Bittner's Syllabus for Fall 2009
Professor Schwarzschild's Syllabus for Fall 2007


Fall 2011: Prof. Dayal