The syntax and pragmatics of embedded yes/no questions

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ECKARDT, Regine, 2007. The syntax and pragmatics of embedded yes/no questions. In: SCHWABE, Kerstin, ed., Susanne WINKLER, ed.. On information structure, meaning and form : generalizations across languages. Amsterdam:John Benjamins, pp. 447-466. ISBN 978-90-272-3364-6. Available under: doi: 10.1075/la.100

@incollection{Eckardt2007synta-38144, title={The syntax and pragmatics of embedded yes/no questions}, year={2007}, doi={10.1075/la.100}, number={100}, isbn={978-90-272-3364-6}, address={Amsterdam}, publisher={John Benjamins}, series={Linguistik aktuell}, booktitle={On information structure, meaning and form : generalizations across languages}, pages={447--466}, editor={Schwabe, Kerstin and Winkler, Susanne}, author={Eckardt, Regine} }

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