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date: 13 June 2021

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This chapter investigates the interaction of negation with modals. In many—though not all—languages, modals have a fixed scope with respect to negation, which does not always reflect the overt linear order of the two elements. The modal flavor and strength are sometimes predictors of the scopal relations, but sometimes not. This complex distribution of patterns has received a certain amount of attention in the literature. The chapter divides the proposals into three major camps, and discusses some strengths and weaknesses of each type of approach.

Keywords: modals, negative polarity items, positive polarity items, Neg-Raising

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