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'Only' and association with negative antonyms

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dc.contributor.advisor Irene Heim and Martin Hackl. en_US Al Khatib, Sam (Samer) en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Linguistics and Philosophy. en_US 2014-01-23T18:42:39Z 2014-01-23T18:42:39Z 2013 en_US
dc.description Thesis (Ph. D. in Linguistics)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Linguistics and Philosophy, 2013. en_US
dc.description Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. "September 2013." en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (pages 138-144). en_US
dc.description.abstract A problem is detected in how only, traditionally viewed, associates with Negative Quantifiers (NQs) like few, [at most n], and [less than n]. The predicted meanings, which negate the stronger alternatives of the relevant NQs, is shown to be incorrect. The attested meanings are shown to be truth-conditionally equivalent to the result of removing only, hence giving the illusion that only is vacuous. It is further observed that, given an NQ, sentences where only appears to be vacuous become ungrammatical when the NQ is replaced with its positive counterpart. I argue for a view that relates the two phenomena: the ungrammaticality of the only-positive cases explains the unavailability of the predicted meanings in only-negative cases. The attested readings for the negatives, where only appears to be vacuous, is derived from LFs that feature a silent existential quantifier above the NQ. Thesis supervisor: en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Sam Al Khatib. en_US
dc.format.extent 144 pages 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 'Only' and association with negative antonyms en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Linguistics en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Linguistics and Philosophy. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 868024376 en_US

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