Natural Language Semantics

, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 249–270 | Cite as

Constraining the derivation of alternatives

  • Tue Trinh
  • Andreas HaidaEmail author


Inferences that result from exhaustification of a sentence S depend on the set of alternatives to S. In this paper, we present some inference patterns that are problematic for previous theories of alternatives and propose some structural constraints on the derivation of formal alternatives which derive the observations.


Alternatives Exhaustification Implicature Focus Symmetry 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsUniversity of Wisconsin - MilwaukeeMilwaukeeUSA
  2. 2.Department of English and American StudiesHumboldt-Universität zu BerlinBerlinGermany

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