Focus alternatives in the derivation of disjunctive questions

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In this talk I argue that the difference in interpretation between disjunctive polar questions (PolQs), alternative questions (AltQs) and open disjunctive questions (OpenQs) can be derived via effects of focus marking. This proposal brings out the striking parallel between the prosody of questions with contrastive topics and that of OpenQs and AltQs, and, unlike previous approaches, does not rely ...

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