Pluralities

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Springer, Apr 30, 1996 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 211 pages
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Pluralities begins with a concise introduction to recent theories of the semantics of plurals. The author argues, contrary to many of those theories, that plural discourse involves entities corresponding to sets of individuals but nothing corresponding to higher order sets. In the course of the book, the reader will become acquainted with the linguistics data that lies at the heart of this debate including extensive discussion of reciprocals and of collectives (such as the committee). In addition, a unique account of distributivity is proposed in which collective/distributive ambiguities are analyzed in pragmatic terms. The account capitalizes on the idea that the universe may be partitioned differently at different points in a discourse.
Pluralities should be accessible to those with an introductory level background in model-theoretic semantics.
  

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Contents

Two Ways to Interpret Plural Noun Phrases
1
Precursors
17
Preview of the Arguments Data and Methodology
33
General Arguments from VP Denotations
43
Distributivity
57
Chapter 6 Reciprocity
103
Notes on Floated Quantifiers
137
Sorting the Domain
151
Collective Nouns
159
Conclusion
193
Quines Innovation
199
References
203
Index
209
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Distributive Conjunction and Sentence Reduction
Distributive Conjunction and Sentence Reduction. Roberto Zamparelli. ¡. roberto@unibg.it. 19 October 2000. The paper argues that the distributive ...
wwwesterni.unibg.it/ dsfc/ pers/ zamparelli/ ling/ sia-che.pdf

Coordinate Structures
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ABSTRACTS OF TALKS
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A Comprehensive Semantics for Agreement
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Reference to Kinds across Language
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