The Evaluability Hypothesis

The syntax, semantics, and pragmatics of polarity item licensing

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Although the field of polarity is well researched, this monograph offers a new take on polarity sensitivity that both challenges and incorporates previous theories. Based primarily on Swedish data, it presents new solutions to long-standing problems, such as the non-complementary distribution of NPIs and PPIs in yes/no-questions and conditionals, long distance licensing by superordinate elements, and the occurrence of polarity items in wh-questions. It is argued that polarity sensitivity can be understood in terms of evaluability. Lacking any immediate predecessor in the literature, evaluability refers to the possibility of accepting or rejecting an utterance as true in a communicative exchange. Intriguingly, the evaluable status of a clause is shown to have syntactic correlates in Swedish, mirrored in the configuration of the C-domain. This book is of interest to scholars studying the interplay between syntax, semantics and pragmatics, particularly those working on negation and polarity.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 183]  2012.  xiii, 199 pp.
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Table of Contents
Preface
xi
Abbreviations
xiii
1. Introduction
1–5
2. Negation and polarity
7–20
3. A syntactic categorization of Swedish
21–34
4. The syntax of NPI-licensing in Swedish
35–61
5. The Evaluability Hypothesis
63–76
6. Applying the Evaluability Hypothesis
77–104
7. Evaluability and polarity I
105–120
8. Evaluability and polarity II
121–134
9. Long-distance NPI-licensing
135–166
10. Polarity items in wh-questions
167–184
11. Conclusion
185–189
Bibliography
191–196
Index
197–199
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2011048938