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      Accessing the availability of inverse scope in German in the covered box paradigm

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      Glossa: a journal of general linguistics
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          This paper presents the results of a novel experimental approach to relative quantifier scope in German that elicits data in an indirect manner. Applying the covered-box method (Huang et al. 2013) to scope phenomena, we show that inverse scope is available to some extent in the free constituent order language German, thereby validating earlier findings on other syntactic configurations in German (Radó & Bott 2018) and empirical claims on other free constituent order languages (Japanese, Russian, Hindi), as well as recent corpus findings in Webelhuth (2020). Moreover, the results of the indirect covered-box experiment replicate findings from an earlier direct-query experiment with comparable target items, in which participants were asked directly about the availability of surface scope and inverse scope readings. The configuration of interest consisted of canonical transitive clauses with deaccented existential subject and universal object QPs, in which the restriction of the universal QP was controlled for by the context.

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                Glossa: a journal of general linguistics
                Open Library of the Humanities
                2397-1835
                January 14 2022
                May 10 2022
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                [1 ]Universität Potsdam
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                10.16995/glossa.5766
                6291f51d-4c60-46e4-ab3f-7120b80c870d
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