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Classical NEG Raising: An Essay on the Syntax of Negation

Chris Collins and Paul M. Postal

Abstract

This book considers examples such as the one below on the interpretation where Nancy thinks that this course is not interesting: Nancy doesn't think this course is interesting. It argues that such examples instantiate a kind of syntactic raising known as Classical NEG Raising (NR). This involves the raising of a NEG (negation) from the embedded clause to the matrix clause. The book develops three main arguments to support its claim. First, it shows that Classical NR obeys island constraints. Second, it documents that a syntactic raising analysis predicts both the grammaticality and particular ... More

Keywords: syntactic raising, Classical NEG Raising, negation, Horn clauses, parenthetical structures, Composed Quantifier Argument, syntax, negative quantifiers, negative polarity items

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780262027311
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027311.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris Collins, author
New York University

Paul M. Postal, author