A Unified Account for the Additive and the Scalar Uses of Italian <i>Neppure</i>

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In this paper we present a unified analysis of the negative concord item of Italian <i>neppure</i>. This item has an additive and a scalar interpretation corresponding to too and even of English. Our claim is that, under both of these interpretations, <i>neppure</i> presents a class or series as closed. The way to establish this closure is different in these two cases: in the first one the class is closed extensionally by enumeration of its members. Under the second neppure closes the series intensionally by providing a criterion of membership and the closing elements (its associate). To establish this result in relation with the scalar use of neppure, we use Rooth's (1985) theory of presupposition with focus.


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