Can DP Be a Scope Island?

  • Simon Charlow
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6211)


Sauerland [1] uses data from inverse linking—cf. [2]—to motivate quantifier raising (QR) out of DP, proposing to derive Larson’s generalization—cf. [3]– regarding the scopal integrity of DP via an Economy-based constraint on QR (cf. [4]).

This squib is in four parts. I first lay out Sauerland’s three arguments for QR out of DP. I present (a slightly modified version of) his mechanism for constraining QR. I show that it both over- and under- generates. I conclude by arguing that the readings Sauerland uses to motivate his account don’t result from an islandrespecting QR mechanism. In short, each of the cases Sauerland considers involve DPs with ”special” scopal properties: plural demonstrative DPs, bare plural DPs, and antecedent-contained deletion (ACD)-hosting DPs. The argument that apparent wide-scope readings of plural demonstratives are only apparent is motivated using (so far as I know) new data from English, while the latter two cases receive independent motivation from the literature. The conclusion is that the question posed in the title of this paper can be answered in the affirmative.


Baseball Player Double Object Scope Reading Bare Plural Group Interpretation 
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  • Simon Charlow
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  1. 1.New York University 

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