Additive Presuppositions Are Derived Through Activating Focus Alternatives
Anna Szabolcsi
December 2017

The additive presupposition of particles like TOO/EVEN is uncontested, but usually stipulated. This paper proposes to derive it based on two properties. (i) TOO/EVEN is cross-linguistically focus-sensitive, and (ii) in many languages, TOO/EVEN builds negative polarity items and free-choice items as well, often in concert with other particles. (i) is the source of its existential presupposition, and (ii) offers clues regarding how additivity comes about. (i)-(ii) together demand a sparse semantics for TOO/EVEN, one that can work with different kinds of alternatives (focus, subdomain, scalar) and invoke suitably different further operators.
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Reference: lingbuzz/003759
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Published in: Proceedings of Amsterdam Colloquium 2017
keywords: additive, scalar, npi, fci, particle, presupposition, focus, semantics, syntax
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