Quantification in Natural Languages

Overview

This extended collection of papers is the result of putting recent ideas on quantification to work on a wide variety of languages. A central perspective of many of the papers follows the recognition of two broad types of quantificational strategies, one associated with nominal structures and determiners, the other with adverbial and other non-nominal expression ('D-quantifiers' and 'A-quantifiers'). The papers demonstrate both the unity and the variety of natural language quantificational forms and meanings. Many...

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Overview

This extended collection of papers is the result of putting recent ideas on quantification to work on a wide variety of languages. A central perspective of many of the papers follows the recognition of two broad types of quantificational strategies, one associated with nominal structures and determiners, the other with adverbial and other non-nominal expression ('D-quantifiers' and 'A-quantifiers'). The papers demonstrate both the unity and the variety of natural language quantificational forms and meanings. Many of the papers also shed new light on questions of language typology and syntactic and morphological variation. The languages discussed include English, Dutch, Italian, American Sign Language, Hindi, and a number of languages of Australia, Greenland, and the Americas.
These comparative studies provide initial data for a typology of quantificational structures in natural languages, with important implications for the study of universal grammar.
The book consists of research papers aimed at linguists, philosophers, and psychologists interested in semantics and linguistic form. An introduction presents a sketch of the background of this research and some of the central issues discussed, with pointers toward the included papers.

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'We recommend unreservedly its careful and patient study to anyone with the slightest interest in the empirical facts and/or (their implications for) the formal properties of quantification.'
Linguistics, 34 (1996)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792331292
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 2/28/1995
  • Series: Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy Series , #54
  • Edition description: 1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 759
  • Product dimensions: 1.51 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface. Introduction. A Note on Quantification and Blankets in Haisla; E. Bach. On the Absence of Certain Quantifiers in Mohawk; M. Baker. Quantification in Eskimo: a Challenge for Compositional Semantics; M. Bittner. Remarks on Definiteness in Warlpiri; M. Bittner, K. Hale. The Variability of Impersonal Subjects; G. Chierchia. On Quantifier Strength; I. Comorovski. Quantification on Correlatives; V.S. Dayal. A-Quantifiers and Scope in Mayali; N. Evans. Towards a Typology of Natural Logic; L. Faltz. Universal Quantifiers and Distributivity; D. Gil. Diachronic Sources of 'All' and 'Every'; M. Haspelmath. Mass and Count Quantifiers; J. Higginbotham. On the Characterization of the Weak—Strong Distinction; H. de Hoop. On the Quantificational Force of English Free Relatives; P. Jacobson. Quantification in Straits Salish; E. Jelinek. Quantificational Structures and Compositionality; B.H. Partee. Bare Noun Phrases, Verbs, and Quantification in ASL; K. Petronio. Quantification, Events and Gerunds; P. Portner. Domain Restriction in Dynamic Semantics; C. Roberts. The Expression of Quantificational Notions in Asurini do Trocara; M. Damasco Vieira.

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