Toward a supralexical analysis of the repetitive/restitutive ambiguity

Marjolein Wietske Talsma*

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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Syntactic decomposition theories of argument structure take predicates to be syntactically complex, consisting of a root and one or more functional heads. Traditionally, these functional heads have been used as potential attachment sites for adverbs, such as the repetitive adverb again, giving rise to the repetitive/restitutive ambiguity. In this paper, I question the assumption that these functional heads provide sublexical attachment sites based on theoretical and empirical objections. Taking both the scope of the adverb and effects of focus into account, I present a supralexical approach to the ambiguity. Discussing novel data of two Dutch repetitive adverbs as well as a repetitive verbal prefix, I argue that again has a default restitutive reading that becomes repetitive if the adverb scopes over the object or if focus is placed on the adverb. This research has implications for syntactic decomposition approaches to argument structure.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)209-224
Aantal pagina's16
TijdschriftLinguistics in the Netherlands
Nummer van het tijdschrift1
StatusPublished - nov.-2022

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