This paper compares rhetorical exclamatives to rhetorical questions to determine the differences between these two apparently similar constructions. In rhetorical exclamatives negation is syntactically local and pragmatically activated, failing to create a downward entailing environment at the propositional level. This explains the contrasting behavior of these two types of rhetorical sentences with regard to NPI-licensing and why NPIs cannot occur in rhetorical exclamatives.
Selected Proceedings of the 12th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
edited by Claudia Borgonovo, Manuel Español-Echevarría, and Philippe Prévost Table of contents
ISBN 978-1-57473-440-9 library binding
v + 325 pages
publication date: 2010
published by Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA, USA