Structurally-defined alternatives

@inproceedings{Katzir2008StructurallydefinedA,
  title={Structurally-defined alternatives},
  author={Roni Katzir},
  year={2008}
}
Scalar implicatures depend on alternatives in order to avoid the symmetry problem. I argue for a structure-sensitive characterization of these alternatives: the alternatives for a structure are all those structures that are at most as complex as the original one. There have been claims in the literature that complexity is irrelevant for implicatures and that the relevant condition is the semantic notion of monotonicity. I provide new data that pose a challenge to the use of monotonicity and… CONTINUE READING

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