What is it about?

This paper clarifies that alleged "counterexamples" against locality condition on numeral quantifier (NQ) float is not genuine counterexamples. Instead, they constitute evidence for the locality condition on NQ.

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The paper has revealed that intonation changes linguistic structures. An important lesson for grammaticality judgement is that linguists must not arbitrarily alter intonations in order to make their point. A different intonation reflects a distinct structure.


A contribution of the paper is that it proposed a lesson that linguists pay careful attention to intonation when they perform grammaticality judgment.

Koji Arikawa
St. Andrew's (Momoyama Gakuin) University

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This page is a summary of: Locality in Syntax and Floating Numeral Quantifiers, Linguistic Inquiry, October 2007, The MIT Press,
DOI: 10.1162/ling.2007.38.4.645.
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