Either... or... Constructions: An HPSG Approach

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Lee, JungMee
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Seoul National University Department of English Language and Literature
SNU Working Papers in English Language and Linguistics 4, 152-172
the either... or... constructino; HPSG; ellipsis; modifier; wide scope reading; operator
The purpose of this paper is to investigate the syntactic and semantic properties of the either… or… construction and to present its formalization within HPSG. In terms of the syntax of the either… or… construction, I will argue that the Symmetry Condition can be captured properly by introducing an ellipsis-based constraint within HPSF and the Left Bracket Thesis by analyzing either as modifier to the or-disjunctive phrases. In terms of the semantics of the either… or… construction, I will demonstrate that syntactic treatments such as QR analysis and type raising can not derive the wide scope or readings of the either… or… construction in a precise way, and propose a lexical approach in which either functions as a type of the operator indicating a disjunctive scope.
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College of Humanities (인문대학)English Language and Literature (영어영문학과)SNU working papers in English language and linguisticsSNU working papers in English language and linguistics Vol.04 (2005)
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