Rethinking Scope Islands

Chris Barker

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    Relative clauses and tensed clauses are standardly assumed to be scope islands. However, naturally occurring counterexamples are abundant and easy to find. Therefore, we should revisit analyses that reject Quantifier Raising on the assumption that QR is clause-bounded. The data show that scope islands are sensitive to the identity of both the scope-taker and the predicate embedding the island. I propose the Scope Island Subset Constraint: given two scope islands, the scope-takers trapped by one will be a subset of the scope-takers trapped by the other. A simple refinement of semantic types allows encoding and enforcing of scope islands.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)633-661
    Number of pages29
    JournalLinguistic Inquiry
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Sep 1 2022


    • clause-bounded-ness
    • exceptional scope
    • Quantifier Raising
    • scope
    • scope islands

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Language and Linguistics
    • Linguistics and Language


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