Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory

Redefining Indefinites

Authors: Dobrovie-Sorin, Carmen, Beyssade, Claire

  • Includes a comprehensive and updated analysis of all the phenomena relating to indefinites
  • Presents the open research problems in this field
  • Pays particular attention to the syntax-semantics interface
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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.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Why Indefinites?

    Dobrovie-Sorin, Carmen (et al.)

    Pages 1-29

  • Bare Noun Phrases

    Dobrovie-Sorin, Carmen (et al.)

    Pages 31-93

  • Existential Sentences

    Dobrovie-Sorin, Carmen (et al.)

    Pages 95-126

  • The Ambiguity of Indefinites: Towards a Denotational Definition of the Weak/Strong Distinction

    Dobrovie-Sorin, Carmen (et al.)

    Pages 127-141

  • Disambiguating Indefinites

    Dobrovie-Sorin, Carmen (et al.)

    Pages 143-170

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eBook $119.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-017-8428-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Redefining Indefinites
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
Series Volume
85
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-3002-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-3002-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-3001-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-8428-3
Series ISSN
0924-4670
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 268
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