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Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine: Focus adverbs at the vP and higher edges

Date & time
Friday, March 20, 2015
4:15 p.m. – 6 p.m.

This event is free


Henry F. Hall Building
1455 De Maisonneuve W. Room 527

Wheelchair accessible


LSA Speakers Series

Focus-sensitive operators must associate with a focused constituent (the associate) in their c-command domain (Jackendoff, 1972; Rooth, 1985, 1992; Tancredi, 1990). However, I show that this c-command requirement is insufficient to capture the distribution of focus adverbs (e.g. ‘only’) in Mandarin Chinese and Vietnamese. Focus adverbs in these languages must be as low as possible while c-commanding their focus associate, within a particular extended vP domain. The generalization is similar to what has been described for German by Jacobs (1983) and Büring & Hartmann (2001), but without a formal account.

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