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Logic in Grammar: Polarity, Free Choice, and Intervention

Gennaro Chierchia


This book explores the relation between language and logic through an analysis of polarity sensitivity and free choice effects. A wide variety of items are considered, with the intent of identifying the common core of the Polarity System as well as the choices that determine the stunningly diverse array of its manifestations. Sensitivity to polarity and freedom of choice are analyzed as a form of grammaticized Scalar Implicature. This requires a reassessment of how the different components of language (i.e. syntax, semantics and pragmatics) interact. But perhaps the most surprising outcome of ... More

Keywords: Negative polarity, free choice, epistemic indefinites, negative concord, intervention, alternative semantics, focus, exhaustivity, feature checking, scalar implicatures, downward entailing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199697977
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697977.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gennaro Chierchia, author
Haas Foundations Professor of Linguistics, Harvard University