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New challenges in the area of semantic dependencies

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Abstract

This paper investigates the parameters of variation in the area of semantically dependent indefinites, by focusing on the distribution of the Romanian dependent determiner <i>vreun</i>. Refining previous descriptions in the literature (Farkas 2002, 2006), I argue that the occurrence of <i>vreun</i> in intensional contexts is sensitive to epistemic alternatives. To account for this, I endorse the unitary approach to polarity-sensitivity due to Chierchia (2006) and argue that the differences between <i>vreun</i> and other dependent indefinites stem from the types of alternatives they activate and the way these alternatives contribute to the overall meaning.

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