‘What don’t you understand about ‘yes’ and ‘no’?’

The words ‘yes’ and ‘no’ may seem like two of the easiest expressions to understand in any language, but their actual behavior and interpretation are surprisingly difficult to pin down. In a paper published earlier today in the scholarly journal Language, two linguists examine the workings of ‘yes’ and ‘no’ and show that understanding them leads to new insights concerning the understanding of questions and statements more generally. —> Read More