Remarks and replies: The syntax of quantifiers and quantifier float

Elabbas Benmamoun

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The Arabic quantifier kull displays a Q_NP and NP_Q alternation. Shlonsky (1991) argues that in both patterns Q heads a QP projection with the NP as a complement that may undergo movement to [Spec, QP] or beyond to yield the NP_Q pattern and Q-float structures. On the contrary, I argue on the basis of evidence from reconstruction, Case, and agreement that the two patterns are radically different. In the Q_NP pattern Q is indeed the head of a QP projection that contains the NP. In the NP_Q pattern, however, Q heads a QP adjunct that modifies the NP and in some cases the VP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)621-642
Number of pages22
JournalLinguistic Inquiry
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1999


  • Adverb
  • Agreement
  • Case
  • Quantifier
  • Quantifier float
  • Reconstruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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