Journal of Semantics 13 (1):67-86 (1996)

Bart Geurts
Radboud University Nijmegen
Since Jacobs (1980) it has been generally assumed that German Kein ‘no’ requires a decompostitional analysis. On this analysis, Kein means ‘not some’, which in itself is plausible enough, but furthermore it is claimed that the negative element of kein may be construed as having scope over an expression that, in its turn, outscopes the quantifying element. 1 propose an alternative to this decompositional theory which explains the same range of data not in terms of scope, but in terms of the kind of objects involved in the interpretation of kein-NPs. Specifically, it is shown that the problematic facts may be accounted for on the assumption that such NPs may refer not only to concrete but also to abstract, or generic, individuals
Keywords negation  scope
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DOI 10.1093/jos/13.1.67
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