Remarks on disjunctive focus-associates

  • Sam Alxatib

Abstract

This paper concerns similarities and differences between the implicatures of dis-junction — modalized disjunction specifically — and the implicatures of other scalar terms like some. The two inference types are compared with special attention to their behavior under association with only, where they are shown to come apart. I argue that disjunct alternatives (p,q) to a disjunctive associate of only ([p or q]) do not feed the semantics of the particle. The significance of the claim is discussed in connection to (a) semantic and implicature-based accounts of free choice inferences, and (b) the phenomenon of presupposed implicatures.
Published
2021-09-16
How to Cite
Alxatib, S. (2021). Remarks on disjunctive focus-associates. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 25, 37-54. https://doi.org/10.18148/sub/2021.v25i0.923