Universal Quantification and NPI Licensing

  • Mingya Liu


In this paper, I try to reduce the NPI licensors every, no, only and conditionals to universal quantification ∀x(Px → Qx) that licenses NPIs in the restrictor P, which is downward entailing or more exactly, anti-additive. For the uniform analysis, I also advocate two more constraints to guarantee the licensing: one, the restrictor P and the scope Q should be in an essential relation ∀x(Px →essential Qx), i.e. not only if Px, then Qx, but also Qx in virtue of Px. Second, NPIs should occur in the focus within the restrictor, i.e. . . . [. . .NPI . . .]F. . . in Px.
How to Cite
Liu, M. (1). Universal Quantification and NPI Licensing. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 14, 273-288. Retrieved from https://ojs.ub.uni-konstanz.de/sub/index.php/sub/article/view/472