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Epistemic IndefinitesExploring Modality Beyond the Verbal Domain$
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Luis Alonso-Ovalle and Paula Menéndez-Benito

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199665297

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665297.001.0001

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Romanian epistemic indefinites

Romanian epistemic indefinites

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Epistemic Indefinites

Anamaria Fălăuş

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the distribution and interpretation of the Romanian epistemic indefinites vreun and un NP oarecare. The two items are shown to differ with respect to the way in which they interact with modal and downward entailing operators. One major distinction concerns the type of inference they give rise to in the scope of a modal operator: un NP oarecare requires that all relevant alternatives in the domain of quantification qualify as equally possible options (total variation), unlike vreun, which blocks this inference, requiring variation to be partial. They also behave differently in downward entailing contexts: whereas vreun is interpreted as a narrow scope existential under a downward entailing operator, this option is not available for un oarecare, which only becomes acceptable under a ‘not just any’ reading.

Keywords:   epistemic indefinites, Romanian, free choice inference, negative polarity, non-epistemic modals

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