Type-Shifting Rules and the Semantics of Interrogatives

  • Jeroen Groenendijk
  • Martin Stokhof
Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 39)


The aim of this paper is a modest one. In what follows, we will argue that if one takes into consideration certain constructions involving interrogatives, a flexible approach to the relationship between syntactic categories and semantic types may be of great help. More in particular, we will try to show that if one uses something like an orthodox inten-sional type theory as one’s semantic tool, a more liberal association between syntactic categories and semantic types becomes imperative. However, we will also see that such flexibility is by no means easily introduced into the grammar, and that it needs to be properly checked in order to avoid undesirable consequences.


Semantic Type Syntactic Category True Answer Entailment Relation Categorial Grammar 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeroen Groenendijk
    • 1
  • Martin Stokhof
    • 1
  1. 1.University of AmsterdamThe Netherlands

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