Partitives: studies on the syntax and semantics of partitive and related constructions
The study of definites and indefinites, which straddles the fields of syntax and semantics, has become a focal point of linguistic research in the last 15 years. Partitive constructions such as "one of the boys" are especially interesting from this point of view, because they exhibit features of both definites and indefinites.
This book contains six original essays by Barbara Abbott, Jacob Hoeksema, Jaklin Kornfilt, Ann Reed, Anne Vainikka and Joan Maling, and Karina Wilkinson, dealing with the various semantic, syntactic and pragmatic properties that are exhibited by a number of partitive constructions. The introduction, by the editor, presents an overview of recent literature of partitives. The volume as a whole aims to provide a deeper understanding of the complex linguistic phenomena surrounding partitivity.
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Floating Quantifiers Partitives and Distributivity
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Ablative NP abstract accusative adverbs Ahmet allemaal analysis anaphora antecedent argued argument assume Barwise and Cooper Belletti's Belletti's Partitive boys complement position context D-Structure definite NPs Definiteness Effect discourse entities discourse function discourse group discussion Dutch ECM verb embedded NP empty category English evoke examples existential sentences explain fact Finnish partitive floating quantifiers grammatical group partitives head Hoeksema indefinite individual denoting Indo-European languages inherent Jackendoff Keenan and Stavi Ladusaw lexical locative marking mass nouns mass partitives Meulen Milsark morphological naked Ablative Partitives Natural Language nominal non-specific NPs noted noun phrases occur paper Partee Partitive Constraint partitive construction partitive determiners partitive interpretation partitive NP Partitive Phrases pragmatic predicate NP problem pronoun proper principal filters properties proposed quantified expression raising verbs semantic singular small clause syntactic theory Turkish unaccusative verbs ungrammatical University University of Groningen Vainikka waren West Coast Conference