In this article, I describe the French exceptive construction ne...que. I show that it contains hidden material (specifically, an n-word and the adjective autre 'other') and bring to the fore a paradox, namely the fact that the felicity conditions of the construction seem to vary according to whether this material is realized or remains covert. I argue that the solution to this paradox lies in structural ambiguity, and present the main challenges that a proper analysis of the various semantic components of the construction's meaning has to face.
Proceedings of the 32nd West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Ulrike Steindl, Thomas Borer, Huilin Fang, Alfredo García Pardo, Peter Guekguezian, Brian Hsu, Charlie O'Hara, and Iris Chuoying Ouyang Table of contents
ISBN 978-1-57473-466-9 library binding
vii + 351 pages
publication date: 2015
published by Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA, USA