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N-words and the Wide Scope Illusion
Jovana Gajić
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The paper focuses on the quantificational status of n-words in strict Negative Concord languages. It examines data from Serbo-Croatian and employs scope intervention as a diagnostic for teasing apart the narrow scope existential from the wide scope universal interpretations of n-words. Scope intervention is tested with modal auxiliaries and with quantificational adverbs. The results show that the former test offers more stable results and shows that Serbo-Croatian n-words behave like narrow scope existentials, whereas the apparent wide scope universal behavior of n-words in a minor part of the latter test can be explained as an effect of information structure.

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Proceedings of the 33rd West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Kyeong-min Kim, Pocholo Umbal, Trevor Block, Queenie Chan, Tanie Cheng, Kelli Finney, Mara Katz, Sophie Nickel-Thompson, and Lisa Shorten
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