Article published in:Current Issues in Generative Hebrew Linguistics
Edited by Sharon Armon-Lotem, Gabi Danon and Susan Rothstein
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 134] 2008
► pp. 313–336
Hebrew negative polarity Items – šum and af
In this paper I am going to examine two negative polarity determiners in Hebrew um and af which are analogous to English any. I show that though, like any, they are licensed in negative environments but not in affirmative ones, they have distributional properties which distinguish them from any. I then explore the semantics of um and af and show that they are not synonymous; they are sensitive to semantic distinctions between different denotations of nouns individuals, sums, quantities and kinds. I argue that um and af are wideners licensed by strengthening as Kadmon & Landman (1993) argue any is. However, the widening involved is not contextual but one which is sensitive to the available denotations for nouns.
Published online: 19 December 2008
Cited by 1 other publications
Francez, Itamar & Katja Goldring
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