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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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Never Raising

Never Raising

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Classical NEG Raising

Chris Collins

Paul M. Postal

The MIT Press

This chapter deals with the phenomenon known as Never Raising and shows that it represents a syntactic raising phenomenon. It first considers problems in a potential nonsyntactic account of Never Raising similar to the nonsyntactic account associated with Classical NEG Raising (NR). It then examines the paraphrase relations between putative Never Raising cases and otherwise parallel clauses in which the never is in the complement, along with evidence for the syntactic character of the phenomenon from adverbial modification. It also presents sentences that illustrate Never Raising from the complement of a truth predicate, from a clause with a cleft construction, and from a pseudocleft construction. Finally, it discusses parallels between Never Raising and Classical NR.

Keywords:   syntactic raising, Never Raising, Classical NEG Raising, truth predicate, pseudocleft

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