Natural Language Semantics 19 (3):257-321 (2011)

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Márta Abrusán
Institut Jean Nicod
Abstract
This paper proposes a new explanation for the oddness of presuppositional and negative islands, as well as the puzzling observation that these islands can be obviated by certain quantificational elements. The proposal rests on two independently motivated assumptions: (i) the idea that the domain of manners contains contraries and (ii) the notion that degree expressions range over intervals. It is argued that, given these natural assumptions, presuppositional and negative islands are predicted to lead to a presupposition failure in any context
Keywords Weak islands  Negative islands  Presuppositional islands  Interval-based semantics for degrees  Contradiction
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DOI 10.1007/s11050-010-9064-4
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