The Meaning of Free Choice

  title={The Meaning of Free Choice},
  author={Anastasia Giannakidou},
  journal={Linguistics and Philosophy},
  • A. Giannakidou
  • Published 1 December 2001
  • Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Philosophy
In this paper, I discuss the distribution and interpretation of free choice items (FCIs) in Greek, a language exhibiting a lexical paradigm of such items distinct from that of negative polarity items. Greek differs in this respect from English, which uniformly employs any. FCIs are grammatical only in certain contexts that can be characterized as nonveridical (Giannakidou 1998, 1999), and although they yield universal-like interpretations in certain structures, they are not, I argue, universal… 

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