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Jovana Gajic (University of Göttingen): Serbian 'ni' coordination

The paper presentation investigates the semantics of the Serbian 'ni' and proposes a unified account for its role as a coordination marker, as well as focus particle. 'Ni? is analyzed as a strong NPI disjunction whose polarity sensitive behavior stems from obligatory exhaustification of alternatives which can only be successful in negative environments, whereas the disjuncts are either overt or made up of the host proposition and a silent anaphor.