Intervention Effects in NPI-Environments: A Case of Scope Incompatibility?

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Dokumentart: ConferenceObject
Date: 2019-07-31
Language: English
Faculty: 5 Philosophische Fakultät
Department: Allgemeine u. vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft
DDC Classifikation: 400 - Language and Linguistics
430 - Germanic languages; German
Keywords: Negativer Polaritätsausdruck , Numerale , Frage
Other Keywords:
intervention effect
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Certain quantifiers have been suggested to be interveners in wh-questions and in NPI-licensing environments. The current study investigates NPI-licensing in German and presents evidence from acceptability judgments and self-paced reading which indicates that certain quantifiers indeed give rise to “intervention effects”. Surprisingly, however, the same effect was found in minimally different structures where the NPI was replaced by a non-NPI. We argue that these effects stem from scope incompatibilities of certain semantic operators and are independent of NPI-licensing.

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