How French Sheds New Light on Scalar Particles
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CitationCharnavel, Isabelle. 2015. How French Sheds New Light on Scalar Particles. In Selected papers from the 44th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL). Forthcoming.
AbstractThis paper examines the behavior of the French scalar focus-sensitive particles même, quand même, ne serait-ce que and seulement as compared to English even and only. I first show that French même displays a more restricted distribution than even: this behavior and that of its antonym quand même argue for the scope theory against the ambiguity theory of even. Secondly, I demonstrate that the behavior of ne serait-ce que and seulement reveal the existence of an intrinsic link between even-like particles and only-like particles. To capture this observation and more generally the organic relation between scalar particles, I propose a new, parsimonious, theory that builds scalarity, additivity and exclusivity of scalar particles into a conjunctive or disjunctive meaning.
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