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Research on syntax in recent decades has focused on four overlapping topics: 1. the laws that govern the assignment of words to positions in a hierarchical syntactic structure; 2. the laws that govern the assignment of words to more than one position in hierarchical syntactic structure (movement or chain formation); 3. the interface between syntactic(More)
This paper will be concerned with the conjunctive interpretation of a family of disjunctive constructions. The relevant conjunctive interpretation, sometimes referred to as a " free choice effect, " (FC) is attested when a disjunctive sentence is embedded under an existential modal operator. I will provide evidence that the relevant generalization extends(More)
This article develops a Gricean account for the computation of scalar implicatures in cases where one scalar term is in the scope of another. It shows that a cross-product of two quantitative scales yields the appropriate scale for many such cases. One exception are cases involving disjunction. For these, I propose an analysis that makes use of a novel,(More)
In this article I present a series of arguments that syntactic structures are built incrementally, in a strict left-to-right order. By assuming incremental structure building it becomes possible to explain the differences between the range of constituents available to different diagnostics of constituency, including movement, ellipsis, coordination, scope(More)
This squib has two goals: to identify evidence for (strong) phases (Chomsky 2000, 2001a,b), and to use this evidence to investigate the extensional definition of a phase. Chomsky (2000) states that CP is a phase, whereas TP is not, and (transitive) vP is a phase, whereas passive and unaccusative verb phrases (VPs) are not. 1 I argue here that unaccusative(More)
Croatian yes-no questions: V 0-raising to-li versus-li hopping. Idioms have long been regarded as conforming to some kind of locality requirement constraining the relations between their parts. This requirement has taken various forms in the literature (see Marantz 1996, Nunberg, Sag, and Wasow 1994, and references cited there), and it will not be important(More)