The Positive Morpheme and Its Interaction with Only

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


In this chapter, an answer is proposed to the first main question of the book: why only∼[(very) few]F and only∼[(very) rarely]F do not assert “some” and “sometimes”, respectively, as predicted. The answer, briefly, is that getting these readings is bound up with contradictory inferences, coming from only on the one hand and from the so-called “positive morpheme” on the other.


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  • Sam Alxatib
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  1. 1.The Graduate CenterCUNYNew YorkUSA

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