CRC 1629 NegLab: B05 Negative Polarity Items in non-negative contexts

This is a provisional page of project B05 Negative Polarity Items in non-negative contexts. The project belongs to the Collaborative Research Center 1629 Negation in Language and Beyond (2024-2027).

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June 2024 (planned)

  • June 20-21, 2024. Manfred Sailer: Negation-transparent matrix predicates: Licensing of embedded NPIs. Poster at the MECORE Closing Workshop, Konstanz

July 2024 (planned)

Past and ongoing project activities

May 2024

April 2024

  • April 19, 2024. Nicolas Lamoure, Frank Richter & Manfred Sailer. Negative polarity items with coffee stain distribution. Presentation at the NegLab kick-off workshop.

February 2024

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Project description

B05: Negative Polarity Items in non-negative contexts

Project information on the official CRC page:

The project aims to reconcile conventional assumptions regarding the licensing of Negative Polarity Items (NPIs) with observed exceptions, with a focus on English, German, and Romanian. The initial hypothesis posits that weak NPIs necessitate at least a weak licenser in the at-issue meaning, while strong NPIs require a strong licenser, which may appear in either the at-issue or non-at-issue content. The project’s empirical approach will combine quantitative and qualitative data analyses, including acceptability judgments. The ultimate objective is to develop an empirically grounded theory of NPI licensing within a constraint-based grammar framework.

Full project proposal: b05.pdf

Information on the CRC Negation in Language and Beyond

Spokesperson: Cecilia Poletto
Duration: 1.4.2024-31.12.2027

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