Volume 30, Issue 2
  • ISSN 0378-4169
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9927
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Licensing of NPIs in Spanish varies depending on the semantics of the trigger. Nonveridical operators license n-words, and antiveridical operators license ni-minimizers. I argue that the NPIs that can occur in antiveridical contexts have a scalar presupposition, but those that are licensed in strictly nonveridical contexts are non-scalar. In this analysis, n-words are scalar (incorporating a silent ni ‘even’) in the scope of antiveridical operators. The distinction between scalar and non-scalar NPIs, I suggest, is the reason for the diversity of polarity sensitivity phenomena in Spanish, as well as in other languages.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): antiveridical operator , comparative , minimizer , n-word , Negation , negative concord , polarity , scalar implicature and Spanish
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