Quantifier Scope in German

Quantifier Scope in German

by Jurgen Pafel
     
 
This book presents a comprehensive account of quantifier scope in German. The author investigates scope behavior of ordinary quantifiers and negative, adverbial, interrogative, relative and particle quantifiers. The areas which are dealt with include: relative scope in simple sentences, absolute and relative scope in complex sentences, noun-phrase internal scope,

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This book presents a comprehensive account of quantifier scope in German. The author investigates scope behavior of ordinary quantifiers and negative, adverbial, interrogative, relative and particle quantifiers. The areas which are dealt with include: relative scope in simple sentences, absolute and relative scope in complex sentences, noun-phrase internal scope, and scope behavior of indefinite noun phrases. A theory of explicit and implicit quantification is proposed and a uniform process of scope determination is sketched which encompasses the scope of explicit as well as implicit quantifiers. Quantifier scope is a challenge to linguistic theory as it is a phenomenon which is determined by the interplay of diverse syntactic and semantic factors, which interact in a weighted and cumulative way. The factors' interplay is part of the syntax/semantics-interface, i.e., the constraints relating syntax and semantics, which are considered to be relatively autonomous, parallel levels connected by an interface of correspondence constraints.

Editorial Reviews

Michael T. Putnam
This book is an excellent resource of anyone pursuing an in depth study of quantifier scope in German. The ocean of data provided in the first five chapters function as a great springboard for anyone researching this topic or topics related to it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789027228086
Publisher:
Benjamins, John Publishing Company
Publication date:
01/26/2006
Series:
Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today Series
Pages:
331
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.00(d)

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