The morphological dimension of polarity licensing

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Title: The morphological dimension of polarity licensing
Authors: Acquaviva, Paolo
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Date: 2002
Online since: 2013-03-14T17:43:12Z
Abstract: Polarity items must, by definition, fit inside the scope of their licenser; items like any N, in addition, appear to require a c-commanding and overt licenser. It is argued that the relevant restriction refers to precedence, not e-command, and that it is morphological, not syntactic. This implies a morphological dimension of dependence, in addition to the semantic, syntactic, and pragmatic ones. The analysis relies on the separation between syntax and a postsyntactic morphological component: the exponents of the relevant polarity items require an [operator] feature that never appears in the corresponding feature bundle at the output of syntax. This mismatch is resolved by copying the feature from the licensing operator, provided it is present at morphological structure (overt) and linearly preceding.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: De Gruyter
Journal: Linguistics
Volume: 40
Issue: 5
Start page: 925
End page: 959
Copyright (published version): 2006, Walter De Gruyter
Keywords: MorphologyPolarity
DOI: 10.1515/ling.2002.039
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Languages, Cultures and Linguistics Research Collection

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