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Focus, Neg-concord, and Negative Postverbal Subjects

Samek-Lodovici, V; (2018) Focus, Neg-concord, and Negative Postverbal Subjects. Italian Journal of Linguistics , 30 (2) Green open access

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Abstract

This paper concerns negative subjects occurring in the non-canonical postverbal position, where their distribution diverges from that of non-negative postverbal subjects (in contrast, both negative and non-negative subjects may occur in the canonical pre-auxiliary position frequently identified as SpecTP). The paper examines negative postverbal subjects with respect to contrastive focalization, right-dislocation, and neg-concord, showing how the constraints on these three operations fully determine their postverbal distribution. This achievement is dependent on an in situ analysis of postverbal contrastive foci. For this reason, the paper also examines the position of postverbal foci, providing several arguments in support of in situ focalization.

Type: Article
Title: Focus, Neg-concord, and Negative Postverbal Subjects
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
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Language: English
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10055541
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