Focus-sensitive operators in Nłeʔkepmxcin (Thompson River Salish)

  • Karsten Koch
  • Malte Zimmermann

Abstract

Based on new fieldwork data, this paper gives the first overview and analysis of focus sensitive operators in Nłeʔkepmxcin. Free foci in discourse exchanges are obligatorily marked using a predicative strategy, resulting in a clefting strategy for DPs. Exclusive and additive readings are expressed using the same predicative strategy, and we show that exclusive ƛ̓uʔ ‘only’ and additive ʔełƛ̓uʔ ‘also, even’ are adverbial: as 2nd position clitics, they occupy a high functional projection in the left periphery. There is no specific marker of scalarity like English even. Finally, although exclusive ƛ̓uʔ is strictly f-sensitive in the sense of Beaver and Clark (2008), additive ʔełƛ̓uʔ has the more flexible syntax and association behaviour of Q-adverbials like always.
How to Cite
Koch, K., & Zimmermann, M. (1). Focus-sensitive operators in Nłeʔkepmxcin (Thompson River Salish). Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 14, 237-255. Retrieved from https://ojs.ub.uni-konstanz.de/sub/index.php/sub/article/view/470