Four questions about free-choiceness

TitleFour questions about free-choiceness
Publication TypeJournal Article
Année de publication2010
AuthorsJayez, J., & Tovena L.
JournalLangue Francaise
Date Published2010-06-01
KeywordsSCCO Cognitive science

This paper takes stock on four crucial issues concerning free choice items (FCIs). (1) Free choiceness is characterised via a minimal constraint enforcing equivalence along a dimension. (2) Widening offers an intuitively appealing way of describing the behaviour of FCIs, but is shown to be an effect rather than an explanation. (3) Tenets of the existential vs universal debate are recalled and argued to be non conclusive. (4) We explain why comparatives are (still) an unresolved puzzle