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November 9, 2022

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Description

This course is concerned with Negative Polarity Items. While raising familiar foundational questions for linguistic theory, Negative Polarity Items enter into complex and often revealing interactions with a host of other phenomena in grammar

Investigating several such interactions, the course touches on topics such as focus, presupposition, exhaustification, quantification, (in)definiteness, modals and attitudes, comparison and superlatives, and questions

Course Curriculum

  • Entailment, entailment-reversal, non-monotonicity, negated DPs Unlimited
  • Modified numeral quantifiers with distributive vs. collective predicates, maximal informativity, preview of the explanation Unlimited
  • Strawson entailment, surprise, only, singular definite descriptions Unlimited
  • Extension of the entailment relation, decomposing definites, partitives, distributivity operator Unlimited
  • Conjunction, type-shifting, event semantics, thematic roles, exhaustivity Unlimited
  • Existential modals, exhaustification, revision of the Condition Unlimited
  • Existence presupposition, constraints and requirements on pruning Unlimited
  • Exceptives, approximatives, reconstruction, universal modals, mass vs. count nouns Unlimited
  • Other modal environments, Hindi NPIs, probability, and explanation Unlimited
  • Additivity, singular definites, accommodation, non-monotone quantifiers, desire predicates Unlimited
  • Intervention, minimizers, and variation Unlimited

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