This book develops a unified account of expressions involving the notions of "part" and "whole " in which principles of the individuation of part structures play a central role. Moltmann presents a range of new empirical generalizations with data from English and a variety of other languages involving plurals, mass nouns, adnominal and adverbial modifiers such as as a whole, together, and alone, nominal and adverbial quanitfiers ranging over parts, and expressions of completion such as completely and partly. She develops a new theory of part structures which differs from traditional mereological theories in that the notion of an integrated whole plays a central role and in that the part structure of an entity is allowed to vary across different situations, perspectives, and dimensions.
"M's book contains a more varied range of linguistic data than most other formal semantic works about plurality and it offers an original way of approaching these data." - Notes on Linguistics"This book is a very interesting one. It presents new and promising views of the count/plural/mass distinction, supporting them through extensive discussions of many phenomena. The basic idea - in singling out special entities which play a major role in accounting for count- and plural-like behaviour, according to contextually controllable integrity conditions - is challenging and with far-reaching consequences. Moreover, the breadth of coverage, and the attempts at discussing crosslinguistic and comparative evidence are worth particular notice." - Fabio Pianesi, Linguistics and Philosophy
I.: Introduction II.: The Formal Semantic Framework and the Treatment of Distributivity III.: Semantic Selection, Part Structures, and Perspectives IV.: Part Structures and Quantification V.: Metrical and Other Lexical Specifications of Part Structures VI.: Dimensions of Parts and Wholes and the Part Structure of Events VII.: The Mass-Count Distinction for Verbs and Adverbial Quantification over VIII.: Concluding Remark about Part Structures and Natural Language