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Logic in Grammar: Polarity, Free Choice, and Intervention

Gennaro Chierchia

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199697977
eISBN:
9780191765971
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697977.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Syntax and Morphology

This book explores the relation between language and logic through an analysis of polarity sensitivity and free choice effects. A wide variety of items are considered, with the intent of identifying ... More


The Grammaticalization of Indefinite Pronouns

Martin Haspelmath

in Indefinite Pronouns

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780198235606
eISBN:
9780191851971
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198235606.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Language Families

This chapter discusses the grammaticalization of indefinite pronouns, focusing on the ways in which such pronouns arise and change over time in different languages and the regularities in these ... More


Existential Free Choice

Gennaro Chierchia

in Logic in Grammar: Polarity, Free Choice, and Intervention

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199697977
eISBN:
9780191765971
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697977.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Syntax and Morphology

Chapter 5 studies indefinites that are restricted to Free Choice environments, sometimes also described as ‘epistemic indefinites’. This includes German irgendein, Italian uno qualunque and Romanian ... More


Universal Free Choice

Gennaro Chierchia

in Logic in Grammar: Polarity, Free Choice, and Intervention

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199697977
eISBN:
9780191765971
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697977.003.0007
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter discusses FC items that readily acquire universal force like English any and Italian (bare) qualunque. Building on an extensive literature, the behavior of these items is reviewed in ... More


Introduction

Gennaro Chierchia

in Logic in Grammar: Polarity, Free Choice, and Intervention

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199697977
eISBN:
9780191765971
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697977.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Syntax and Morphology

The introduction sets the stage for the inquiry pursued in the book. The items to be studied include: Universal Free Choice items: English any, Italian qualunque (free choice items with a universal ... More


Comparing diachronies of negation

David Willis, Christopher Lucas, and Anne Breitbarth

in The History of Negation in the Languages of Europe and the Mediterranean: Volume I Case Studies

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199602537
eISBN:
9780191758164
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602537.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter provides an overview of the typical pathways for the development of negation, focusing on the languages of Europe and the Mediterranean. It considers the frequency and causes of ... More


Scalar Implicatures at the Interface between Pragmatics and Syntax

Gennaro Chierchia

in Logic in Grammar: Polarity, Free Choice, and Intervention

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199697977
eISBN:
9780191765971
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697977.003.0003
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Syntax and Morphology

Chapter 2 characterizes Free Choice Disjunction (FCD), i.e. the behavior of disjunction (and plain indefinites) under modals. This is a well known phenomenon whereby a sentence of the form possible ... More


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