Expletive negation and the decomposition of only


  • Daniel Margulis


This paper is focused on the seemingly superfluous sentential negation showing up in Hebrew until-clauses. I discuss a scalar implicature arising from until-clauses which surprisingly becomes uncancellable when this negation is present. I argue that this inference becomes obligatory due to the presence of an only-like exhaustivity operator, which gets (partially) spelled out as negation since it is composed of negation and an exceptive. Moreover, this negation is shown to share more properties with only.


How to Cite

Margulis, D. (2019). Expletive negation and the decomposition of only. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 21(2), 845–862. Retrieved from https://ojs.ub.uni-konstanz.de/sub/index.php/sub/article/view/171