Constraining the derivation of alternatives


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.

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Trinh, T., Haida, A. Constraining the derivation of alternatives. Nat Lang Semantics 23, 249–270 (2015).

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  • Alternatives
  • Exhaustification
  • Implicature
  • Focus
  • Symmetry