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We propose that the antecedent of a donkey pronoun takes scope over and binds the donkey pronoun, just like any other quantificational antecedent would bind a pronoun. We flesh out this idea in a grammar that compositionally derives the truth conditions of donkey sentences containing conditionals and relative clauses, including those involving modals and(More)
The paper I gave at the conference has subsequently split into two papers. The other descendant of the original paper (Stanley (forthcoming)) focuses on developing a non-contextualist account of knowledge that captures the intuitive data as well as contextualism. Discussion with the participants at the conference at the University of Massachusetts was very(More)
In one approach to classifying island phenomena, there is a group that answers to the following description. (1) ADJUNCT ISLAND CONDITION If an XP is in an adjunct position, nothing may move out of it. In the influential approach to this condition in Huang (1982), " adjunct " position is defined in terms that reference argument structure and its reflection(More)
Acknowledgements First and foremost, thanks are owed to my advisor, Robert Schapire, without whom this thesis would not have been possible. His excellent advice, patient explanations, encyclo-pedic knowledge (though perhaps not extending to soccer), and kind understanding were and are very much appreciated. Many friends and family members helped me through(More)
We derive a probabilistic account of the vagueness and context-sensitivity of scalar adjectives from a Bayesian approach to communication and interpretation. We describe an iterated-reasoning architecture for pragmatic interpretation and illustrate it with a simple scalar implicature example. We then show how to enrich the apparatus to handle pragmatic(More)