On the distribution and licensing of polarity-sensitive items in Egyptian Arabic:

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The goal of this paper is twofold: First, to provide a descriptive account of the grammatical distribution and behavior of the two Egyptian Arabic (ea) polarity-sensitive items (psis) <i>&#660;ayy</i> (= &#8216;any&#8217;) and <i>walaa</i> (a negative element used in negative concord structures); second, to discuss the implications that these ea facts have for two approaches to the licensing of psis in natural language: The <i>monotonicity-based approach</i>, first proposed in Ladusaw (1979), and the <i>veridicality-based approach</i>, first articulated in Giannakidou (1997, 1998). I conclude that the empirical facts related to the grammatical distribution and contrastive behavior of <i>&#660;ayy</i> and <i>walaa</i> in ea are more in line with (non)veridicality as the licensing grammatical property regulating the occurrence of psis.


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