Expletive negation and the decomposition of only
Author(s)Margulis, Daniel,S.M.Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Linguistics and Philosophy.
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This thesis is focused on the seemingly superfluous sentential negation showing up in Hebrew until-clauses. I discuss a scalar implicature arising from until-clauses which surprisingly becomes uncancellable when this negation is present. I argue that this inference becomes obligatory due to the presence of an only-like exhaustivity operator, which gets (partially) spelled out as negation since it is composed of negation and an exceptive. Moreover, this negation is shown to share more properties with only.
Thesis: S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, 2019Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (pages 35-37).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Linguistics and Philosophy
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Linguistics and Philosophy.