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Title:Against Lexical Decomposition in Syntax
Authors:Reinhard Blutner
Abstract:Against Lexical Decomposition in Syntax

Gerhard Jäger, Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft Berlin

Reinhard Blutner, Humboldt-University Berlin

This article is concerned with the ambiguity that arises if a resultative

predicate is modified by the adverb again. We will briefly review existing

accounts of this ambiguity. It will be demonstrated that it cannot be reduced

to a scope ambiguity on some abstract level of representation. The second

part of the paper deals with the partial resolution of the ambiguity by means

of word order and intonation in German. We will argue that this is the result

of a process of pragmatic strengthening, a mechanism that selects optimal

candidates from a highly underspecified relation between form and meaning. It

makes use of the evaluation mechanism of Optimality Theory but differs from

the standard picture in taking both the hearer perspective and the speaker

perspective into account (bidirectional optimization).
Type:Paper/tech report
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