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The present study focuses on the refutatory -sentences in Chinese. The main idea is two-fold. First, contrary to the previous accounts arguing for the interrogative nature of refutatory sentences, we argue that refutatory sentences exclude the interrogative force and should be distinguished from rhetorical questions accordingly. Second, we will show that all -words bearing the refutatory interpretation should occur as adjuncts, which are syntactically placed in the left periphery. Two subtypes of refutatory adjuncts, namely, propositional refutatory -adjuncts and modal refutatory -adjuncts, are further classified in this study. The former is semantically akin to the pure negator , while the latter semantically relates to modality.


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