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  1. Doubling unconditionals and relative sluicing.Radek Šimík - 2020 - Natural Language Semantics 28 (1):1-21.
    Doubling unconditionals are exemplified by the Spanish example Venga quien venga, estaré contento ‘Whoever comes, I’ll be happy’. This curious and little studied construction is attested in various forms in a number of Romance and Slavic languages. In this paper, I provide a basic description of these constructions, focusing especially on Spanish, Czech, and Slovenian, and argue that they can be brought in line with analyses of run-of-the-mill unconditionals if one recognizes that the wh-structure within the unconditional antecedent is a (...)
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  • Japanese Free Choice Items as Unconditionals.Hiromune Oda - 2021 - Natural Language Semantics 29 (2):281-338.
    This article examines syntactic and semantic properties of free choice items in Japanese. It is argued that Japanese FCIs, which have been considered to have a wh-item and a scalar focus particle demo, actually involve a clausal structure, which contains a null subject, a copula, and a subjunctive modal/mood. This proposal explains a number of puzzling issues regarding their distribution as FCIs compared with those in other languages. A compositional semantic analysis of Japanese FCIs is then proposed based on this (...)
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