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Negation and the Interpretation of Spanish Rhetorical Exclamatives
Patricia Andueza and Javier Gutiérrez-Rexach
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Abstract

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.

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Selected Proceedings of the 12th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
edited by Claudia Borgonovo, Manuel Español-Echevarría, and Philippe Prévost
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