Knocking twice intentionally
Jonathan Bobaljik
May 2016
 

In this squib, I reevaluate the widely held claim (Andrews 1983, Pesetsky 1995) that modifier scope in sentences like ‘Sam knocked on the door twice intentionally’ shows a left-branching structure in the English VP. Phillips (2003) and Larson (2004) argue that examples with three modifiers show that focus, rather than surface constituency, delimits available readings. By using focus particles (only, exactly), I show that focus, rather than surface constituency, is also at issue in examples with only post-verbal two modifiers, and that in English, these can readily accommodate left-to-right modifier scope readings.
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Reference: lingbuzz/003319
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Published in: Halpert, Kotek and van Urk, eds. The Pesky Set. MITWPL
keywords: modifier scope adverbs, syntax
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