- N-words and sentential negation: evidence from polarity particles and VP-ellipsis
- Semantics and Pragmatics
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Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC)
A prominent treatment of n-words such as nobody and never is as indefinite expressions occurring in the scope of a covert sentential negation operator. This paper presents three experiments using two novel strategies based on polarity particles and VP ellipsis to test the predictions of this treatment of n-words. The first experiment tests a particular prediction of recent accounts of polarity particles with respect to agreeing responses to negative assertions. The other two extend the inquiry to cases involving n-words.
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