Only and Its Inferences

  • Sam Alxatib
Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 104)


A semantic entry for only is developed, based first on Horn (A presuppositional analysis of only and even. In: Binnick RI, Davidson A, Green GM, Morgan JL (eds) CLS 5. Department of Linguistics, University of Chicago, pp 98–107, 1969) but revised with scalar uses in mind, specifically observations from Klinedinst (Scales and Only. Master’s thesis, UCLA, 2005). The scalar presupposition of only is discussed, and argued to be reducible to the ban against its vacuous use.


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  • Sam Alxatib
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  1. 1.The Graduate CenterCUNYNew YorkUSA

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