Iordăchioaia & Richter on Negative Concord

Gianina Iordăchioaia and Frank Richter published a paper in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory on analyzing negative concord in Romanian and other languages as polyadic quantification. They translate negative constituents and verbal negation as underspecified n-ary polyadic quantifiers and define a system of constraints in Lexical Resource Semantics (LRS) that determines the possible readings of utterances in a higher-order logic. Compared to previous work in LRS on this topic, they extend the coverage of the grammar to complex sentences with embedded clauses, which requires a treatment of intensional contexts, and they include other European languages in their considerations to obtain a typological perspective on negative concord as polyadic quantification. Their discussion covers data in Polish, French, Italian and German.

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