A strong argument in favor of the existence of rightward, string-adjacent head movement comes from Han, Lidz, and Musolino (2007). They argue that Korean language-internal variation with respect to the scopal order between negation and universal quantifier objects shows that in the variety where negation takes wide scope, the negative marker must have moved along with the verb;shauxiliary to the head of IP. This would then constitute evidence for rightward, string-adjacent head movement. In this article, I argue that this analysis actually makes different predictions than have been attested in Korean. Moreover, I argue that, following a well-known stand with respect to the nature of polarity sensitivity (Chierchia 2013), these facts follow naturally once it is assumed that in one variety, but not the other, universal quantifiers are positive polarity items. This makes the attested language-internal variation in Korean less exceptional since language-internal variation with respect to polarity sensitivity is widely attested.
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December 15 2022
Two Varieties of Korean: Rightward Head Movement or Polarity Sensitivity?
In Special Collection: CogNet
Online ISSN: 1530-9150
Print ISSN: 0024-3892
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Linguistic Inquiry 1–20.
Hedde Zeijlstra; Two Varieties of Korean: Rightward Head Movement or Polarity Sensitivity?. Linguistic Inquiry 2022; doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/ling_a_00471
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