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LFRG 4/29 - Eva Csipak

WHO: Eva Csipak
WHAT: Drink doch a drop! German minimizer NPIs
WHEN: April 29, 2:00PM-3:15PM
WHERE: 32-D461 (note the change of room!)

ABSTRACT:

NPI licensing has puzzled several generations of linguists. While some of the data is now accounted for, I will present German minimizer data (e.g. einen Tropfen trinken ‘drink a drop’ that challenge the mainstream accounts. I will argue that there are contexts (such as in the scope of stressed Doch and some conditionals) where minimizers are only licensed if their compositional meaning is taken into account.

UPCOMING MEETINGS:

5/06 Alan Bale
5/13 Ciro Greco

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