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The Sound Patterns of Syntax$
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Nomi Erteschik-Shir and Lisa Rochman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199556861

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556861.001.0001

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Why float? Floating quantifiers and focus marking *

Why float? Floating quantifiers and focus marking *

(p.72) 5 Why float? Floating quantifiers and focus marking*
The Sound Patterns of Syntax

Lisa Rochman (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This paper explores the connection between floating quantifiers (FQs) and information structure arguing that there is a connection between the use of an FQ and the presence of a focused element following the FQ. Evidence from analysis of FQ behavior with particle verbs, FQs acceptability with different types of predicates, and the relationship between FQs and the nuclear accent.

Keywords:   floating quantifiers, information structure, word order, focus marker, contrast

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