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The Conspiracy of Quantification and Linear Precedence in European Portuguese Proclisis

Berthold Crysmann
In: J. Austin; A. Lawson (Hrsg.). Eastern States Conference on Linguistics (ESCOL '97), November 21-23. Eastern States Conference on Linguistics (ESCOL), Yale University, New Haven, USA, CLC Publications, 1997.


n this paper, I will address the interaction between quantification and lin-earisation in the grammar of European Portuguese (EP) clitic placement, and suggest that a licensing relation holds between a subset of the natural language quantifiers identified in Generalised Quantifier Theory (GQT) and the order in which the clitic and its host must surface. More specifically, I will argue that the class of proclisis licensors is best described in semantic terms (i.e. in terms of logical entailment), whereas the relation between proclisis licensor and licensee should be conceived of as entirely surface-syntactic. The order domain on which these linearisation constraints operate will be independently motivated by data from negative concord.

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