Related to this thread but separate.
(1) Иван КАК пишет диссертацию? Ivan KAK pishet dissertatsiju? Ivan how writes dissertation "How is it that Ivan is writing a dissertation?" [rus]
I have currently the following ambiguity:
I don’t think this is legit, even though for a non-wh adverb perhaps we would say it is?
(1) Иван долго пишет диссертацию? Ivan dolgo pishet dissertatsiju? Ivan long writes dissertation "Ivan is writing a dissertation for a long time." [rus]
Generally I think we often say that adjunct attachment often comes with annoying ambiguity but in this particular case, I am wondering if this should be handled in the lexical entry for HOW? Perhaps there is something about HOW (and perhaps even generally wh-adverbs) that it simply doesn’t make sense to say that it can modify a verb without its complements?
What would be some tests here?
Also, of course I cannot say that wh-adverbs modify VPs generally, because then I lose:
(1) Иван пишет диссертацию как? Ivan pishet dissertatsiju как? Ivan writes dissertation how? "How is it that Ivan is writing a dissertation?" [rus]
But perhaps I could have a type that is like clist (which cannot contain gaps) except it can contain gaps or be empty but cannot contain canonical synsems? Is that possible?