• Lena BaunazEmail author
Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 83)


In this book, I have shown that apparent scope/lexical ambiguities are dependant on the utterance context and can be (partially) resolved via intonation in French. One of the results reached is the correlation between syntactic positions and semantic denotations, corroborating recent works on the matter (Ihsane 2008, a.o) and suggesting strict syntax-semantics mapping. In addition to semantics and syntax, prosody is taken as a diagnostic discriminating specificity from partitivity and non-presupposition with wh-phrases in-situ and existential un Ns (∃Qs). Prosody does not play a role in the existential interpretation of ∀Qs and N-words, which discriminate their existential meaning lexically.


Noun Phrase Syntactic Structure Language Faculty Semantic Denotation Pitch Accent 
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  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsUniversity of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland

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