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Title:A question of strength : on NPIs in interrogative clauses
Authors:ID Guerzoni, Elena (Author)
ID Sharvit, Yael (Author)
Work type:Unknown
Typology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:UNG - University of Nova Gorica
Abstract:We observe that the facts pertaining to the acceptability of negative polarity items (henceforth, NPIs) in interrogative environments complex than previously noted. Since Klima [Klima, E. (1964). In J. Fodor & J. Katz (Eds.), The structure of language. Prentice-Hall], it has been typically assumed that NPIs are grammatical in both matrix and embedded questions, however, on closer scrutiny it turns out that there are differences between root and embedded environments, and between question nucleus and wh-restrictor. While NPIs are always licensed in the nucleus of root questions, their acceptability in the restrictor of wh-phrases and in the nucleus of any embedded question depends on the logical properties of the linguistic environment: its strength in terms of exhaustivity [Groenendijk, J., & Stokhof, M. (1984). Studies on the semantics of questions and the pragmatic answers. Amserdam (NL), Post-Doctoral Dissertation. Heim, I. (1994). In R. Buchalla & A. Mittwoch (Eds.), Proceedings of the 9th annual IATL conference and of the 1993 IATL workshop on discourse (pp. 128–144). Akademon, Jerusalem. Beck, S., & 16 Rullmann, H. (1999). Natural Language Semantics, 7, 249–298. Sharvit, Y (2002). Natural Language Semantics, 10, 97–123] and its monotonicity properties (in the sense of von Fintel [von Fintel, K. (1999). Journal of 19 Semantics, 16, 97-148]).
Keywords:negative polarity items, interrogative clauses
Publication date:01.01.2007
Year of publishing:2007
Number of pages:str. 361-391
Numbering:Vol. 30, issue 3
PID:20.500.12556/RUNG-8865 New window
COBISS.SI-ID:186157571 New window
ISSN on article:0165-0157
DOI:10.1007/s10988-007-9014-x New window
Publication date in RUNG:20.02.2024
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Title:Linguistics and philosophy. ǂa ǂjournal of natural language syntax, semantics, logic, pragmatics, and processings
Shortened title:Linguist. philos.
Publisher:Kluwer Academic Publishers
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