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Negative and Positive Polarity : A Binding Approach - Ljiljana Progovac

Negative and Positive Polarity

A Binding Approach

By: Ljiljana Progovac, P. Austin (Editor), J. Bresnan (Editor), B. Comrie (Editor), S. Crain (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 25th March 1994
ISBN: 9780521444804
Number Of Pages: 184

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In this book, Ljiljana Progovac presents cross-linguistic data on negative polarity, reflexive binding and the subjunctive mood, and proposes a unified analysis for various languages, including English and Serbian/Croatian. She argues that Negative Polarity Items (NPIs), such as 'anyone' and 'ever', are anaphoric in nature and must be bound in their governing category, while Positive Polarity Items (PPIs), such as 'someone' and 'already', are subject to Principle B of the Binding Theory. She also suggests that possible binders (and SUBJECTS) for polarity items are negation or else a polarity operator in the complementiser of questions, conditionals, and other clauses with an unfixed truth-value. Her analysis not only captures many similarities between polarity and anaphora, but also accounts for a number of hitherto unexplained facts about polarity items.

Negative contexts: Serbian/Croatian
Negative contexts: English
Non-negative polarity contexts
Language variation
Rhetorical questions
Subjunctive: domain extensions
Free-choice items
Ladusaw and Linebarger
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ISBN: 9780521444804
ISBN-10: 0521444802
Series: Cambridge Studies in Film
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 25th March 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.44

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