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NPI licensing in temporal clauses


This paper offers a systematic approach to NPI licensing in temporal clauses based on a uniform analysis of temporal connectives as relations between times and relying on appropriate type shifting for compositional build-up. The quantificational force commonly associated with temporal connectives is attributed to operators operating on the temporal clause and effecting the necessary type-lowering for a connective to compose with a clause. An implication about the truth of a temporal clause with any kind of temporal connective is a semantic presupposition due to a definedness condition associated with the operators. Crucial throughout is a more restricted, presupposition-dependent notion of entailment. Published on the Web: http://tobias-lib.ub.uni-tuebingen.de/volltexte/2007/2791/


Condoravdi, C. NPI licensing in temporal clauses. Proceedings of the Workshop on Negation and Polarity, University of Tuebingen; 2007 March 8-10; Tuebingen; Germany.