Only Only? An Experimental Window on Exclusiveness

  • Jacques Jayez
  • Bob van Tiel
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7218)


Beaver and Clark (2008) recently argued that only ϕ does not presuppose the proposition in its scope, contrary to the ‘standard’ theory articulated by Horn (1969). Their rejection of the standard theory is partially based on results of a survey test. We present new experimental evidence challenging Beaver and Clark’s interpretation of this survey test and suggesting that dropping the standard theory altogether might be too radical a move.


Target Stimulus Orange Juice Standard Theory Main Content True Alternative 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacques Jayez
    • 1
  • Bob van Tiel
    • 2
  1. 1.ENS de Lyon and l 2C2, CNRSLyonFrance
  2. 2.Radboud UniversityNijmegenThe Netherlands

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