The semantics of additive either


  • Dorothy Ahn


Focus particles too and additive either have been analyzed as fully presuppositional elements that presuppose an existence or reference of some salient antecedent. In this paper, I propose an alternative account of too and either, where they are two-place predicates taking as arguments the overt proposition they adjoin to and a silent propositional anaphor. While too assertsa conjunction of the two arguments, either asserts a disjunction of the two arguments. The main advantages of this proposal are that too and either’s non-presuppositional behavior is accounted for, and that the conjunction-disjunction switch has implications on additive either’s NPI behavior.


How to Cite

Ahn, D. (2019). The semantics of additive either. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 19, 20–35. Retrieved from