Weak Referentiality

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Ana Aguilar-Guevara, Bert Le Bruyn, Joost Zwarts
John Benjamins Publishing Company, Dec 15, 2014 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 390 pages
This volume brings together studies in the domain of weak referentiality, the phenomenon that a definite or indefinite noun phrase lacks its usual referential force. Several papers investigate syntactic or semantic properties of indefinite noun phrases, such as modality, number neutrality, narrow scope, incorporation, predication, and case marking, and that in a range of languages (Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Catalan, German, Papiamentu, Russian). Other papers deal with weakly referential definite noun phrases in various languages (Basque, Dutch, English, French) involving scrambling, modification, possession, and accessibility. The papers demonstrate a range of empirical methods and theoretical models. This volume will not only be of interest to researchers and students in syntax and semantics, but also in psycholinguistics and language typology.
 

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Contents

Advances in weak referentiality
1
Modal inferences in marked indefinites
17
Epistemic and scopal properties of some indefinites
45
Antonymic prepositions and weak referentiality
73
Weak referentiality and Russian instrumental nominals
101
Predicate nominals in Papiamentu
129
Many a plural
157
Telic definites and their prepositions
183
Modified weak definites
237
Functional frames in the interpretation of weak nominals
265
Unscrambling the lexical nature of weak definiteness
287
Inalienable possession
311
Basque nominals
335
Referential properties of definites and salience spreading
365
Index
389
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