Negative Quantification and Degree Restriction: The Case of más nada in Puerto Rican Spanish
Javier Gutiérrez-Rexach and Melvin González-Rivera
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The purpose of this paper is to characterize the alternation between nada más and más nada in Puerto Rican Spanish, as well as other combinations of a negative term and a degree delimiter which appear to be in free relative order. It is argued that placement (preposition) of the degree delimiter is allowed by a Deg raising operation characteristic of Puerto Rican Spanish (and possibly of Caribbean Spanish in general). This operation is restricted by general syntactic locality constraints. It is also argued that the associated differential interpretations of más nada/nada más can be derived from general eventive requirements and the presuppositions they may trigger.
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