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Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy

Plurality, Conjunction and Events

Authors: Lasersohn, P.

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Plurality, Conjunction and Events presents a novel theory of plural and conjoined phrases, in an event-based semantic framework. It begins by reviewing options for treating the alternation between `collective' and `distributive' readings of sentences containing plural or conjoined noun phrases, including analyses from both the modern and the premodern literature. It is argued that plural and conjoined noun phrases are unambiguously group-denoting, and that the collective/distributive distinction therefore must be located in the predicates with which these noun phrases combine. More specifically, predicates must have a hidden argument place for events; the collective/distributive distinction may then be represented in the part/whole structure of these events. This allows a natural treatment of `collectivizing' adverbial expressions, and of `pluractional' affixes; it also allows a unified semantics for conjunction, in which conjoined sentences and predicates denote groups of events, much like conjoined noun phrases denote groups of individuals.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Plurality, Conjunction and Events
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy
Series Volume
55
Copyright
1995
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-015-8581-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-015-8581-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-3238-1
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-4494-5
Series ISSN
0924-4662
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 308
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