Universal free choice from concessive conditionals
Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine
May 2020

I develop a new approach to universal free choice which does not prescribe universal force, but rather ensures this result through the use of a scalar particle. ‘Even’ associating with a wh-indefinite in a conditional clause will ensure that the modal/temporal operator restricted by the conditional has universal force. A pronoun referring to a referent described by this conditional will thus have wide-scope universal force, parasitic on the modal/temporal quantification. Evidence for such an approach for free choice comes from the overt morphology of universal free choice items in Tibetan, as well as similar expressions in Japanese and Dravidian languages.
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keywords: tibetan, free choice, wh, copula, conditionals, even, semantics, syntax
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