Handbook of quantifiers in natural language by Edward L. Keenan (auth.), Edward L. Keenan, Denis Paperno

By Edward L. Keenan (auth.), Edward L. Keenan, Denis Paperno (eds.)

Covering a strikingly various diversity of languages from 12 linguistic households, this instruction manual relies on responses to a questionnaire developed via the editors. targeting the formation, distribution and semantic interpretation of quantificational expressions, the booklet explores 17 languages together with German, Italian, Russian, Mandarin chinese language, Malagasy, Hebrew, Pima, Basque, and extra. The language facts units allow distinct crosslinguistic comparability of various positive aspects. those comprise semantic sessions of quantifiers (generalized existential, generalized common, proportional, partitive), syntactically complicated quantifiers (intensive amendment, Boolean compounding, exception words) and several other others corresponding to quantifier scope ambiguities, quantifier waft, and binary quantifiers. Its theory-independent content material extends prior paintings through Matthewson (2008) and Bach et al. (1995), making this instruction manual compatible for linguists, semanticians, philosophers of language and logicians alike.

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1996. Quantifiers, logic, and language. Stanford, CA: CSLI. Vieira, Marcia Damaso. 1995. The expression of quantificational notions in Asurini do Trocara: Evidence against the universality of Determiner quantification. In Bach et al. (1995), Vol II. 701–721. von Fintel, Kai. 1993. Exceptive constructions. Natural Language Semantics 1:123–148. WALS (see Haspelmath et al. (2005) above). Zimmermann, Malte. 2002. Boys buying two sausages each. PhD dissertation, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam. 1 Introduction Adyghe, also known as West Circassian, together with Kabardian forms the Circassian branch of The Northwest Caucasian (also called AbkhazoAdyghean) language family.

54) Does your L have a simple translation of only? If so does it apply in the same form in the following three contexts? a. Only John came to the party b. Only five students came to the lecture c. John only sang, he didn’t also dance References Bach, Emmon, Eloise Jelinek, Angelika Kratzer, and Barbara H. ). 1995. Quantification in natural languages, Vols. 1 and 2. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers. Baker, Mark. 1995. On the absence of certain quantifiers in Mohawk. In Bach et al. (1995), Vol I.

ABS-go-PST I’ve been to the seaside (very) many times/twenty times. ‘Not very many times’ can be expressed with a quantifier derived from the D-quantifier macˇ ̣’e ‘few’: (117) masˇ e macˇ ̣’e-re /macˇ ̣’-ew /few-ADV Masha few-TMP Masha is rarely sick. me-səmaǯ e DYN-sick However, the preferred way of expressing this idea is with a quantifier ‘often’ and negation on the main predicate: (118) masˇ e be-re Masha many-TMP Masha is rarely sick. səmaǯ e-r-ep sick-DYN-NEG 2 Quantifiers in Adyghe (119) sjə-pcˇ ’en-xe-m my-goat-PL-OBL 45 sjə-ʁwəneʁwə-m my-neighbour-OBL jə-qebasqe his-cabbage asˇ ’ fed-ew be-re a-sˇ xə-ʁ-ep.

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