Chapter 8. Monotonicity and Presupposition

  1. David I. Beaver and
  2. Brady Z. Clark

Published Online: 24 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444304176.ch8

Sense and Sensitivity: How Focus Determines Meaning

Sense and Sensitivity: How Focus Determines Meaning

How to Cite

Beaver, D. I. and Clark, B. Z. (2008) Monotonicity and Presupposition, in Sense and Sensitivity: How Focus Determines Meaning, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444304176.ch8

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 2 SEP 2008

Book Series:

  1. Explorations in Semantics

Book Series Editors:

  1. Susan Rothstein

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405112635

Online ISBN: 9781444304176

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Keywords:

  • monotonicity and presupposition;
  • polarity item licensing by only;
  • NPI licensing in focus associate of exclusives;
  • polarity item licensing by always;
  • positive polarity items (PPIs);
  • PPI licensing;
  • monotonicity inferences;
  • formal account of PI licensing;
  • restrictions on PI licensing by only;
  • association with presupposition

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Background on Monotonicity, NPIs, and PPIs

  • Polarity Item Licensing by only

  • Polarity Item Licensing by always

  • Monotonicity Inferences

  • A Formal Account of PI Licensing

  • Restrictions on PI Licensing by only

  • Association with Presupposition

  • What Does always Associate With?

  • Summary