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dc.contributor.advisor Kai von Fintel, Danny Fox and Irene Heim. en_US Crnič, Luka en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Linguistics and Philosophy. en_US 2012-01-30T17:02:40Z 2012-01-30T17:02:40Z 2011 en_US
dc.description Thesis (Ph. D.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Linguistics and Philosophy, 2011. en_US
dc.description "September 2011." Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-193). en_US
dc.description.abstract The focus-sensitive scalar particle even has an idiosyncratic distribution: it may associate with a weak element in its immediate surface scope only if it is appropriately embedded. We investigate such occurrences of even in two non-downward-entailing environments: in the scope of non-monotone quantifiers and in the scope of desire predicates. We show that they can be properly understood only if we assume that even can move at LF (Karttunen & Peters 1979, Lahiri 1998). The insights garnered in this investigation are then applied to the poorly understood occurrences of negative polarity items in these environments. We argue that they can be explained by assuming that their licensing is governed by a covert even (Krifka 1995, Chierchia 2006). Finally, a parametric account of the differences in distribution between even and other scalar particles is provided. We propose that the distribution of scalar particles is determined by two morphological parameters and their competition for insertion. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Luka Crnič. en_US
dc.format.extent 193 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
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dc.subject Linguistics and Philosophy. en_US
dc.title Getting even en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Ph.D. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Linguistics and Philosophy. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 773614557 en_US

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