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Or, Wh- and Not: Free Choice and Polarity in MalagasyProceedings of Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (2005)
AbstractThis paper explores the distribution of Free Choice Items (FCI) and Negative Polarity Items (NPI) in Malagasy. Both FCIs and NPIs in Malagasy are syntactically complex: they are expressed by disjunctions of wh-words. It is shown that this morphosyntactic structure directly reflects their semantics. In other words, FCIs and NPIs are semantically as well as syntactically disjunctive. Moreover, the Malagasy data support analyses of disjunction as a polarity sensitive element.
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Citation InformationIleana Paul. "Or, Wh- and Not: Free Choice and Polarity in Malagasy" Proceedings of Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (2005)
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