Publication details [#6195]

Li, Charles N. 1975. Miss-a-little: An unexpected case of ambiguity (S or ~S). San Jose State Occasional Papers in Linguistics 1 : 136–142.
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It is rare for a construction to be ambiguous with two completely opposite readings (viz. S and ~S). How can such an unexpected type of ambiguity function in speech? Using an example from Mandarin Chinese, L. gives this answer: the discourse context in which the construction means S can be expected to be different from the discourse context in which it means ~S.