I have some doubts if there is downward entailing environment with "remember":
a. Mary forgot that she saw anyone. b. Mary forgot that anyone saw her. c. #Mary remembered that she saw anyone. d. #May remembered that anyone saw her.
We see that forget licenses the NPI anyone, in a test I realized that forget is downward entailing
(NP: Mary forgot that French students saw her -> Mary forgot that tall French students saw her // VP: Mary forgot that she saw French students -> Mary forgot that she saw tall French students)
Now, I have the case that remember behaves as follows:
NP: Mary remembers that her parents had Italian Food -> Mary remembers that her mother had Italian Food. (downward entailing) VP: Mary remembers that she had Italian Food - Mary remembers that she had Pizza (Not downward entailing)
Remember thus creates a downward entailing environment (in my opinion) yet this contradicts the hypothesis that this kind of word licenses NPIs (negative polarity items). But as we see above, the phrases with remember + anyone are ungrammatical.
What do you think? Is the hypothesis or my assumption wrong then?
Thank you a lot! Best, Paul