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Poster Presentation for "What I will tell you about "matrix" wh-"exclamatives"!"

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posted on 2021-05-21, 21:55 authored by Maria Esipova
This poster was presented on 2021 April 8 - 11 at the 39th meeting of the West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics.

Provided abstract:
While strings of both 'How smart she is!' (Type 1) and 'Who came!' (Type 2) kind are grammatical in Russian (unlike English, where only Type 1 is OK), I show that the two differ in their form (prosody) and meaning (affective and epistemic). I propose that Type 1 sentences are exclamatives (sentences with special syntax whose primary goal is to express immediate affect), but Type 2 are interrogatives embedded under a mirative predicate, more akin to English '{Look/you won't believe} who came!'.

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