Situation variables and licensing by modification in opaque demonstratives

  • Lynsey Wolter

Abstract

Postnominal modifiers license unexpected opaque readings of demonstrative descriptions. This paper presents a unified analysis of ordinary demonstrative descriptions and the special construction consisting of an opaque demonstrative description with a postnominal modifier. The analysis is based on two independently necessary components: a modal constraint associated with demonstrative determiners and the modal independence of postnominal modifiers. Far from being a peripheral construction, opaque demonstratives ultimately allow us to probe the interaction of nominal constituents with modality.
Published
2019-08-15
How to Cite
Wolter, L. (2019). Situation variables and licensing by modification in opaque demonstratives. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 11, 612-626. https://doi.org/10.18148/sub/2007.v11i0.668