Redefining Indefinites

This volume explores the interpretation of indefinites and the constraints on their distribution by paying particular attention to key issues in the interface between syntax and semantics: the relation between the semantic properties of indefinite determiners and the denotation of indefinite DPs, th...

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Main Authors: Dobrovie-Sorin, Carmen, Beyssade, Claire (Author)
Corporate Author: SpringerLink (Online service)
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Dordrecht Springer Netherlands 2012, 2012
Edition:1st ed. 2012
Series:Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
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Collection: Springer eBooks 2005- - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
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505 0 |a Foreword -- Introduction . Chapter 1: Why indefinites? --  Chapter 2: Bare Noun Phrases --  Chapter 3: Existential sentences --  Chapter 4: The ambiguity of indefinites: towards a denotational definition of the weak/strong distinction --  Chapter 5: Disambiguating indefinites --  Chapter 6: The Scope of Indefinites --  Chapter 7: Genericity, (In)Definiteness and Bare Nouns --  Chapter 8: Dependent Indefinites in Donkey-Sentences --  Appendix -- Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Subject Index 
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520 |a This volume explores the interpretation of indefinites and the constraints on their distribution by paying particular attention to key issues in the interface between syntax and semantics: the relation between the semantic properties of indefinite determiners and the denotation of indefinite DPs, their scope, and their behaviour in generic and conditional sentences. Examples come from French, other Romance languages and English. Central to the proposed analyses is a distinction between two types of entities, individualized entities and amounts. Weak indefinites are analyzed as existential generalized quantifiers over amounts and strong indefinites as either Skolem terms or generalized quantifiers over individualized entities. The up-to-date review of the literature and the new falsifiable proposals contained in this book will be of particular interest to linguistics students and scholars interested in the cross-linguistic semantics of indefinites.