ROSE talk: Andreea Nicolae (ZAS), November 26, 2015

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Dear all,
We are happy to announce that on Thursday, November 26 Andreea Nicolae (ZAS) will be giving a talk in the ROSE seminar entitled “Positive Polarity and Obligatory Ignorance Inferences” (see below for abstract).
Date: Thursday, November 26, 2015
Time: 10:30-12:30
Location: Kromme Nieuwegracht 80, Ravensteynzaal (1.06), Utrecht
We hope to see you all there!
Best regards,
the ROSE team
Positive Polarity and Obligatory Ignorance Inferences
Andreea Nicolae (ZAS)
In this talk I argue that the positive polarity behavior of plain disjunction (“or”, rather than “either or”) should be seen as the interplay between a semantic requirement for obligatory exhaustification with respect to domain alternatives, and an economy condition which prevents vacuous exhaustification. In other words, I will argue that plain disjunction PPIs give rise to obligatory ignorance inferences. I will show how this approach can predict the restriction of PPI plain disjunctions to locally upward entailing environments, as well as their ability to receive narrow scope interpretation with respect to extra-clausal negation. If time allows, I will also discuss the similarities and differences with a recent analysis by Spector (2014) where he argues that the PPI behavior of complex disjunction (“either or”) is due to the fact that these elements trigger obligatory scalar inferences.

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