Braucht niemanden zu scheren: A survey of NPI licensing in German

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https://doi.org/10.21248/hpsg.2006.23

Abstract

In this contribution we will argue that negative polarity is a collocational phenomenon that does not follow from other properties of the respective lexical elements. With German data as evidence, we will follow a proposal by van der Wouden and treat Negative Polarity Items (NPIs) as collocates which must be licensed by abstract semantic properties of their contexts. Using a collocation module for HPSG, which has been independently motivated for bound words and idioms, we will show how to restrict the occurrence of NPIs to legitimate environments, starting from the negativity hierarchy of licensing environments by Zwarts. Besides a more fine-grained semantic licenser hierarchy, we will establish syntactic licensing domains and general collocational restrictions of NPIs.

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2006-10-15

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Richter, Frank & Soehn, Jan-Philipp. 2006. Braucht niemanden zu scheren: A survey of NPI licensing in German. Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar 421–440. (doi:10.21248/hpsg.2006.23) (https://proceedings.hpsg.xyz/article/view/660) (Accessed May 26, 2024.)