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DP-internal only in English and Russian

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dc.contributor.advisor Huang, Shizhe Fisher, Ian 2019-09-02T19:01:11Z 2019-09-02T19:01:11Z 2019
dc.description.abstract This paper presents an analysis of DP-internal only in English and Russian. I review the evidence in Coppock and Beaver (2012b, 2015) for definites containing only that do not presuppose uniqueness, and supplement it with data from Russian. Building on this empirical foundation, I propose that DP-internal only presupposes existence and asserts uniqueness, and the determiner the in the only constructions is semantically vacuous. As a consequence, DPs containing only, like indefinites, are never of type e. I also present evidence that the DP-internal and adverbial usages of only correspond to a single lexical item.
dc.description.sponsorship Tri-College (Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges). Department of Linguistics
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject.lcsh English language -- Adverbials
dc.subject.lcsh Russian language -- Adverbials
dc.subject.lcsh Definiteness (Linguistics)
dc.subject.lcsh English language -- Grammar, Comparative -- Russian
dc.subject.lcsh Russian language -- Grammar, Comparative -- English
dc.title DP-internal only in English and Russian
dc.type Thesis
dc.rights.access Open Access

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