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Volume 34, Issue 2


Free Choice under Ellipsis

Luka Crnič
Published Online: 2017-05-23 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/tlr-2017-0002


The ellipsis of a VP whose antecedent contains an occurrence of so-called free choice any is highly constrained: it is acceptable only if the elided VP is appropriately embedded. We show that while this is unexpected on the common approaches to free choice and ellipsis, it is predicted on a theory of any that takes its domain to stand in a dependency relation with a c-commanding alternative-sensitive operator (cf. Lahiri 1998, Focus and negative polarity in Hindi. Natural Language Semantics 6(1). 57–123) and that takes free choice inferences to be generated by covert exhaustification in grammar (e.g., Fox 2007, Free choice and the theory of scalar implicatures. In Uli Sauerland & Penka Stateva (eds.), Presupposition and implicature in compositional semantics, 71–120. Palgrave Macmillan; Chierchia 2013, Logic in grammar. Oxford: Oxford University Press).

Keywords: free choice; polarity items; VP ellipsis; parallelism; even


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Published Online: 2017-05-23

Published in Print: 2017-10-26

Citation Information: The Linguistic Review, Volume 34, Issue 2, Pages 249–294, ISSN (Online) 1613-3676, ISSN (Print) 0167-6318, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/tlr-2017-0002.

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