German bloss-questions as extreme ignorance questions

Source document: Linguistica Brunensia. 2020, vol. 68, iss. 1, pp. 7-22
Extent
7-22
  • ISSN
    1803-7410 (print)
    2336-4440 (online)
Type
Article
Language
English
Abstract(s)
We analyze German bloss as a marker of extreme ignorance questions Q, basically indicating that the speaker has dismissed answers to Q that she initially considered likely. We argue that bloss in questions is used in three varieties that all play on this common theme. The analysis can predict that bloss questions are not synonymous to wh-in-heaven ignorance questions, even though the two question types are similar in pragmatic content.
Note
  • Research was funded by the DFG as part of the Forschungsgruppe 2111 "Questions at the Interfaces" (Konstanz).
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