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Title:Negative Sensitive Items: Conditions, Constraints, and Consequences
Author(s):Hwang, Ju Hyeon
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Yoon, Hye Suk James; Peter Nathan Lasersohn
Department / Program:Linguistics
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Language, Linguistics
Abstract:This dissertation offers an analysis of intervention effects and multiple NSI constructions as an instance of a violation of the IC. I first examine intervention effects which have been analyzed as the interruption of a wh-dependency in which an NSI prevents a wh-in-situ from being interpreted by its Q-operator. Given that there is a parallel between intervention effects and the configuration ruled out by the IC, I propose that intervention effects are better understood as a violation of the IC, where the Probe-Goal relation established between an NSI and its licenser is interrupted by the one established between a wh-in-situ and its Q-operator. This proposal expects to offer a positive answer to the question of why it is difficult to draw a uniform grammaticality judgment on intervention effects involving other prima facie problematic interveners other than NSIs. I next move on to multiple NSI constructions in which multiple occurrences of NSIs express a single negative preposition. Given the fact that multiple NSIs cannot freely occur depending on a position of where pakkey type NSIs occur, I propose that multiple occurrences of NSIs are also constrained by the IC in which pakkey NSIs, which is construed as a focused element, serves as an intervener for the licensing of other types of NSIs. (Abstract shortened by UMI.).
Issue Date:2008
Description:263 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3347574
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2008

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