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Recent Work:
An investigation of connected exceptive constructions and scalarity
Except-phrases and "only" presentation notes
Donkey Anaphora and Variable-Free Semantics

Monday, May 01, 2006

And your bird can sing!

Is it possible to think of operators such as "only" or "even" (and perhaps others that are not necessarily focus operators..."and"?) as polymorphic, as in the same polymorphism of, say, Objective-C?

I'm trying to get a handle on exceptive constructions (yes, I've been dreaming about them, too). The paper and presentation notes will go up shortly, but for now, one of the larger questions I'm concerned with: can exceptives be analyzed similarly to "only", perhaps even as a focus operator? In particular, it seems that there are many but-phrases that haven't been considered (or perhaps have, but not given a treatment). Moltmann 1995 gives several interesting examples that don't come up in von Fintel 1993: John painted the house except for the door. But what about when the exceptive phrase complement is not a noun? As in: Kate can be a good cook, except for today. Or: Kate could do anything except cook the risotto.

That's it for now. If I kept going on about it here, I'd have to turn in a blog entry as my term paper. Just wanted to post a little teaser and also let everyone know that I'm still alive.


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