Filippo Beghelli's scientific contributions

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The starting point of this paper is the question of whether indefinites like ‘a man’ are always able to support “referential” readings à la Fodor and Sag (1982). Examination of subjunctive contexts in Italian and Modern Greek shows that: (i) mood choice is in general able to restrict the availability of referential readings; (ii) there is considera...
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The phenomenon of pair-list (PL), or family of questions, readings is exemplified by (1).
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A well-known observation is that (1) has a reading on whichevery buildingscopes over a fireman, but (2) does not: (1) A fireman checks the safety of every building (2) A fireman imagined that every building was unsafe
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This paper is concerned with the syntax and semantics of quantifier scope construal, focussing on the distributive quantifiers every and each, and their interaction with negation. Our discussion is based on the theory of the syntax of quantifier scope developed more fully in Beghelli and Stowell (1994) and in Beghelli (1995).

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... In particular, the each variant of (29) can be read as a request for a pair-list response (e.g., dragon 1: yes, dragon 2: yes, dragon 3: no). But the every variant seems to require a single affirmative or negative answer (Beghelli, 1997;Szabolcsi, 2015;Williams, 1986). Still, every generally patterns with each in terms of being used distributively. ...
... Another algorithmic account related to the present one is the witness-set-based approach to doubly quantified sentences proposed in Beghelli et al. (1997). The paper outlines a procedure using witness sets in order to decide whether it is possible to construct disambiguating situations for doubly quantified sentences consistent with one scope reading but not the other. ...
... Cross-linguistic variation in modality systems: Nor does the St'át'imcets subjunctive give rise to interpretive differences inside relative clauses. In some Indo-European languages, an indicative/subjunctive contrast in restrictive relatives gives rise to a distinction which has variously been analyzed as referential/attributive, specific/nonspecific, or wide-scope/narrow-scope (see Rivero 1975, Farkas 1992, Giannakidou 1997, Beghelli 1998, Quer 2001, among many others). This is illustrated in (40) for Catalan. ...
... 6 This feature is a single formal object, comprising gender-and case-features which locate specific individuals and establish reference to these individuals. The terminology draws from Kiss (2002) and Beghelli and Stowell (1994) who conflate it with specific and definite topical constituents identifiable for the hearer. Some scholars (see Aboh et al. 2010 on Gungbe and Gbe languages) separate specificity and referentiality and locate them in DP's left periphery, advocating the split-DP perspective (cf. ...
... b. # {Every, Each} player circled up around the coach. Beghelli and Stowell (1997) point out the contrast in (23). Descriptively speaking, the DPs in (23a) and (23b) seem to be coerced into an abstract degree-of-toughness determined by calculating the combined strengths of the students. ...