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Despite perennial interest in positive vs. negative polar questions, there is yet to be a definitive account of asymmetries between them (Buring & Gunlogson 2000, van Rooy & Safarova 2003, Sudo 2013, Trinh 2014, Roelofsen & Farkas 2015, AnderBois 2019).

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a. Is Moira home?        Positive Polar Question (PPQ)
b. Is Moira not home?    Low Negation Question (LNQ)
c. Isn't Moira home?     High Negation Question (HNQ)

In this meeting, I will chart the relevant empirical facts, and discuss challenges previous accounts have faced. I will argue for a revision to the characterization of the empirical facts, suggesting that while low negation questions are subject to a so-called evidential condition, high negation questions are not. In light of this revision, new prospects for explaining the asymmetry between PPQs and LNQs are discussed.