Quantifiers and Negation: A Minimalist Approach to Partial Negation

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Abstract

This paper explores some syntactic aspects of negative sentences in which some QP is focused in the scope of negation (“partial negation”). Assuming that sentential negation is licensed by the application of Agree between Pol and a negative element in TP, I argue that the distributions of QPs for partial negation naturally follow from the interactions between the Agree operation and a focus condition on QPs. I also argue that the adjunction type of quantifier raising (QR), whose optional application is justified and controlled by economy considerations, should be a tool for QPs to accord with the condition.∗.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-347
Number of pages25
JournalEnglish Linguistics
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2004

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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