Categorization via movement: the syntax and semantics of ambos

Alessandro Boechat de Medeiros, Adriana Leitão Martins, Gean Nunes Damulakis


In order to explain the syntactic behavior and describe the meaning of the item ambos in Brazilian Portuguese, we propose, assuming the Distributed Morphology framework, (1) that the acategorial root amb- merges, in the syntactic derivation, to a D that moves from inside a full defi nite DP, and this D categorizes the root; (2) that amb-+D merges back to the DP which D was the head of; (3) that the lower copy of D is erased (or becomes invisible) when the derivation reaches LF; (4) that the meaning of the combination of D and amb- is defi ned only if the context provides a unique set of two individuals with the properties defi ned by the plural NP taken by ambos, and introduces a universal quantifi cation over this set.


acategorial roots; syntactic movement; determiner phrases; quantifi cation

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Revista Delta-Documentação e Estudos em Linguística Teórica e Aplicada ISSN 1678-460X