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dc.contributor.advisorIrene Heim and Martin Hackl.en_US
dc.contributor.authorAl Khatib, Sam (Samer)en_US
dc.contributor.otherMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Linguistics and Philosophy.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-01-23T18:42:39Z
dc.date.available2014-01-23T18:42:39Z
dc.date.issued2013en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/84414
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph. D. in Linguistics)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Linguistics and Philosophy, 2013.en_US
dc.descriptionCataloged from PDF version of thesis. "September 2013."en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (pages 138-144).en_US
dc.description.abstractA 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.statementofresponsibilityby Sam Al Khatib.en_US
dc.format.extent144 pagesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsM.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582en_US
dc.subjectLinguistics and Philosophy.en_US
dc.title'Only' and association with negative antonymsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreePh.D.in Linguisticsen_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Linguistics and Philosophy.en_US
dc.identifier.oclc868024376en_US


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