Quirky n-words in Polish. NPIs, negative quantifiers or neither?

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Quirky n-words in Polish. NPIs, negative quantifiers or neither?

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dc.contributor.author Jablonska, Patrycja
dc.date.accessioned 2006-09-18T06:30:36Z
dc.date.available 2006-09-18T06:30:36Z
dc.date.issued 2003
dc.description.abstract The present paper investigates the contexts in which the so-called n-words - the items which are taken to be Negative Polarity Items in Slavic languages - unexpectedly occur without a licensing negation marker on the verb. This particular usage of n-words seems to point towards an ambiguous behaviour of the items in question: in an antimorphic contexts they are NPIs; otherwise they are negative quantifiers with negation having narrow scope w.r.t. the event variable. The paper tries to answer the question why the latter use is restricted to certain adverbials. I argue that the availability of 'logophoric' n-words turns on the issue of what the adverbial PP is predicated of. This intuition is formalized using Higginbothamistic view on l-(exical) syntax, where the nature of $Theta$-identification of the adverbial with the verb is of fundamental importance. The semantic requirement, however, turns out to be insufficient. Hence the syntactic position of the PP on the hierarchy of thematic roles also has to be taken into consideration. The data analysed include adverbials of manner, reason, time, place, direction, resultatives and depictives.
dc.description In special issue: Proceedings of SCL 19
dc.format.extent 97373 bytes
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.identifier.citation Nordlyd 31.1(2003) pp 132-149
dc.identifier.issn 1503-8599
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10037/269
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:no-uit_munin_129
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Universitetet i Tromsø
dc.publisher University of Tromsø
dc.subject VDP::Humaniora: 000::Språkvitenskapelige fag: 010::Allmenn språkvitenskap og fonetikk: 011
dc.subject VDP::Humaniora: 000::Språkvitenskapelige fag: 010::Andre slaviske språk: 029
dc.subject negative polarity items
dc.subject negative quantifiers
dc.subject event composition
dc.subject theta-identification
dc.subject adverbials
dc.subject second predicates
dc.subject l-syntax
dc.title Quirky n-words in Polish. NPIs, negative quantifiers or neither?
dc.type Journal article


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