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Indefinites : Linguistic Inquiry Monographs - Molly Diesing


Linguistic Inquiry Monographs

Paperback Published: 3rd August 1992
ISBN: 9780262540667
Number Of Pages: 192
For Ages: 18+ years old

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"Indefinites" investigates the relationship between the syntactic and semantic representations of sentences within the framework of generative grammar. It proposes a means of relating government-binding theory, which is primarily syntactic, to the semantic theory of noun phrase interpretation developed by Kamp and Heim, and introduces a novel mapping algorithm that describes the relation between syntactic configurations and logical representations. Diesing focuses on the problem of deriving logical representations from syntactic representations of sentences, with an emphasis on issues of quantification and the interpretation of indefinites. The two central questions addressed are the possible semantic interpretations of indefinites and quantificational noun phrases, and the role played by syntactic representation in deriving the semantic representation of noun phrases. The mapping algorithm used is applied to derive the logical representations of indefinites to a wide range of syntactic and semantic phenomena in German including scrambling, VP-deletion, and extraction from NP.

Series Foreword
Deriving Logical Representations: A Proposal
Introductionp. 1
The Syntactic Roots of Indefinite Interpretationsp. 2
Semantic Partition and the Interpretation of Indefinitesp. 5
Syntactic Factors in the Semantics of NPs: A Previewp. 11
Initial Evidence in Favor of the Mapping Hypothesis
Introductionp. 15
The Readings of Bare Pluralsp. 16
The Syntactic Connection: Deriving the Two Readingsp. 19
Two Subject Positions in German: An IP/VP Contrastp. 31
Delineating the Limits of the Predicate Classificationp. 41
Focus and the Bare Plural Readingsp. 49
Conclusionp. 53
Tree Splitting and the Interpretation of Indefinites
Introductionp. 55
Tree Splitting and Quantificationp. 55
QR, Presuppositions, and the Mapping Hypothesisp. 69
Dutch Subjects, Turkish Objects, and "Specificity"p. 80
Some Final Remarks on the Nature of Specificityp. 88
Conclusionp. 91
Presupposition, Extraction, and Logical Form
Introductionp. 93
A Taxonomy of Indefinitesp. 93
Extraction from NP: Some Initial Observationsp. 97
Quantification and Extraction from NPp. 104
Formulating the Extraction Constraintp. 127
Concluding Remarksp. 135
Notesp. 137
Referencesp. 157
Indexp. 171
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ISBN: 9780262540667
ISBN-10: 0262540665
Series: Linguistic Inquiry Monographs
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 3rd August 1992
Publisher: AMITY PUB CO
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 15.32  x 1.12
Weight (kg): 0.26