- On the scopal interaction of negation and deontic modals
- Seventeenth Amsterdam Colloquium
- Book/source title
- Seventeenth Amsterdam Colloquium: December 16-18, 2009: pre-proceedings
- Pages (from-to)
- Amsterdam: ILLC/Department of Philosophy, University of Amsterdam
- Document type
- Conference contribution
- Faculty of Humanities (FGw)
- Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC)
- In this paper we argue that the different scopal relations that deontic
modal auxiliaries cross-linguistically exhibit can be explained by assuming that
(i) polarity effects arise in the domain of universal deontic modals and therefore
not in the domain of existential deontic modals; and (ii) that all deontic modals
must be interpreted VP in situ if their polarity requirements allow for that.
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