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The Logic of Conventional Implicatures$
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Christopher Potts

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199273829

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273829.001.0001

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The supplement relation: a syntactic alternative

The supplement relation: a syntactic alternative

(p.195) 6 The supplement relation: a syntactic alternative
The Logic of Conventional Implicatures

Christopher Potts

Oxford University Press

Throughout this book, supplements are held to have a fully integrated syntax; they are typically adjoined as regular modifiers. The intuition that they are somehow separate from their containing clause is attributed to particular semantic and intonational facts about these constructions. This integrated view is an unorthodox one. It is more common to find proposals that assign a radical new syntax to supplements. Typically, these proposals posit a new structural relation: a supplement relation, in addition to dominance and precedence. This chapter defines a precise version of such a theory of linguistic structure. It argues the result, that rather than yielding theoretical gains, complicates the theory of compositional semantic interpretation and obscures important insights into the morphosyntax of supplements in general.

Keywords:   semantic interpretation, syntactic trees, supplements, modifiers, syntax

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