The paper explores a Russian two-clausal construction that was previously argued to instantiate wh-scope marking. I examine a range of syntactic and semantic properties of this construction and show that it is far from canonical scope marking, though it might look similar. I refute the scope marking analysis as it fails to predict and explain certain restrictions and propose an alternative approach, wherein the construction in question is a parenthetical that triggers a Pottsian conventional implicature. This proposal helps to explain restrictions intrinsic to Russian and broadens the typology of scope marking and similar looking phenomena.
Proceedings of the 30th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Nathan Arnett and Ryan Bennett
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