A pragmatic constraint on ambiguity detection
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- Meyer, MC. & Sauerland, U. Nat Lang Linguist Theory (2009) 27: 139. doi:10.1007/s11049-008-9060-2
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Büring and Hartmann (2001) and Reis (2005) discuss reconstruction data with focus particles in German which they claim show that German allows adjunction of phonologically integrated focus particles to the root clause. We show that the facts are better explained by independent pragmatic constraints on semantic judgments and conclude therefore that there are no arguments in support of root clause adjunction of such focus particles in German.