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Overview

The eight papers collected in Plurality and Quantification address three central issues in the study of plurality and quantification in natural languages. The first major theme regards algebraic approaches to plurals and quantification that have emerged as the leading paradigm for the study of these empirical phenomena over the last decade. The second main issue concerns the philosophical and mathematical foundations of concepts such as distributivity and collectivity. Finally, the authors address a broad range of empirical phenomena in Germanic and Romance languages, including the influence of Aktionsart on plural noun phrases, negative polarity, mass terms, plural quantification, and noun phrase conjunction.
Many of the papers shed new light on the question of how many readings have to be assigned to plural sentences and on the respective consequences for the architecture of the syntax-semantics interface.
Furthermore, most of the contributions contain insights which bear upon the study of the structure of universal grammar.
Audience: Plurality and Quantification will interest linguists, graduate students in semantics and syntax, philosophers of language and philosophical logicians interested in the semantics of natural language.

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Mostly founded on the work of Godehard Link, eight contributions explore three major themes in the semantics of natural languages. Firstly, algebraic approaches to plurals and quantification are examined as a leading paradigm for the study of these empirical phenomena. A second theme concerns the philosophical and mathematical foundations of such concepts as distributivity and collectivity. Finally, the authors address a range of phenomena in Germanic and Romance languages, including the influence of Aktionsart on plural noun phrases, negative plurality, mass terms, plural quantification, and noun phrase conjunction. In addition, a survey, written by Link, of ten years of recent research and issues for the future is included. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789048149438
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 12/9/2010
  • Series: Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy Series , #69
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 386
  • Product dimensions: 0.81 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction. Ten Years of Research on Plurals - Where Do We Stand? G. Link. The Influence of Plural NPs on Aktionsart in DRT; K. Eberle. Mass Terms and Plurals in Property Theory; C. Fox. Three Types of Polarity; F. Zwarts. Sums and Quantifiers; J. van der Does. Some Issues in the Analysis of Multiple Quantification with Plural NPs; H. Verkuyl. Reducing the Coordination of Determiners: Some Principles; C. Michaux. Issues on Distributive and Collective Readings; J. Peres. Index of Subjects. Index of Names.

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