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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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Confounding Cases: Strict NPIs and Scope

Confounding Cases: Strict NPIs and Scope

(p.79) 9 Confounding Cases: Strict NPIs and Scope
Classical NEG Raising

Chris Collins

Paul M. Postal

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on the scope of strict negative polarity items (NPIs). It first considers scope issues concerning nonfinite complement clauses, with particular emphasis on similar pairs with analogous judgment markings, the relevance of stress contrasts to the ambiguities of NPI any forms as well as to those of other nominal NPIs, and the differential scope of the determiner phrase represented by anything (“Vaughn didn't accept to write anything about radiation”). It then turns to cases of infinitival complements containing strict NPIs, along with cases where the issue of high-scope confounds involve finite complement clauses. Finally, it suggests that any attempt to diagnose the presence or absence of Classical NEG Raising (NR) must always take into account the possibility of NEG raising out of main clause scope positions.

Keywords:   negative polarity items, scope, nonfinite complement clauses, analogous judgment markings, stress contrasts, determiner phrase, finite complement clauses, Classical NEG Raising

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