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A Polarity-Sensitive Disjunction

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Abstract

This paper argues that in Spanish negative phrases of the form “<i>ni</i> XP <i>ni</i> XP” 'neither XP nor XP', <i>ni</i> is a polarity-sensitive disjunction. Following the widening/strengthening account of polarity sensitivity in Heim (1984), Kadmon and Landman (1993), and others, it is argued that <i>ni</i>-XPs have a restricted distribution because they can only satisfy their requirement of pragmatic strengthening in the scope of negation. This analysis fulfills a prediction made by Krifka's (1992) Polarity Lattice approach regarding the existence of polarity-sensitive disjunctions.

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