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Classical NEG RaisingAn Essay on the Syntax of Negation$
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Chris Collins and Paul M. Postal

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027311

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027311.001.0001

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(p.191) 17 Parentheticals
Classical NEG Raising

Chris Collins

Paul M. Postal

The MIT Press

This chapter considers parenthetical clauses as a powerful argument in support of the syntactic nature of Classical NEG Raising (NR). In particular, the argument is based on the principles determining under what conditions negative parenthetical clauses can exist. The chapter presents cases showing that parentheticals can appear in various positions with respect to the independent clause they modify, or that parentheticals can only modify main clauses. It also examines the nature of parentheticals by focusing on the relation between the modified clause and the parenthetical, assuming that the parenthetical is a reduction of a full clausal structure involving a complement clause that is covert in the parenthetical itself. Finally, it discusses the Parenthetical Identity Condition, negative parentheticals, clausal ellipsis, and the Parenthetical Nondecreasingness Condition.

Keywords:   parenthetical clauses, Classical NEG Raising, negative parenthetical clauses, parentheticals, Parenthetical Identity Condition, negative parentheticals, clausal ellipsis, Parenthetical Nondecreasingness Condition

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