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Plurality and Quantification : Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy - Fritz Hamm

Plurality and Quantification

Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy

By: Fritz Hamm (Editor), Erhard W. Hinrichs (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 30th November 1997
ISBN: 9780792348412
Number Of Pages: 386

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The papers in this volume address central issues in the study of Plurality and Quantification from three different perspectives: Algebraic approaches to Plurals and Quantification Distributivity and Collectivity: Theoretical Foundations Distributivity and Collectivity: Empirical Investigations Algebraic approaches to the semantics of natural languages were in­ dependently introduced for the study of generalized quantification, pred­ ication, intensionality, mass terms and plurality. The most prominent modern advocate for an algebraic theory of plurality (and mass terms) is certainly Godehard Link. It is indicative of the Wirkungsgeschichte of Link's work that most of the contributions in this volume take the logic of plurals proposed by Godehard Link (Link 1983, 1987) as their foundation or, at the very least, as their point of reference. Link's own paper in this volume provides a concise summary of many of the central research issues that have engaged semanticists during the last decade. Link's paper also contains an extensive bibliography that provides an excellent resource for scholars interested in the semantics of plurals. Since we can refer readers to Link's paper for an excellent survey of the subject matter of this book, we will limit our attention in this in­ troduction to summarizing the individual contributions in this volume. The book is organized into three main sections; within each section the papers are ordered alphabetically. However, as in much of linguistic the­ orizing, there is an exception: for reasons pointed out above, Godehard Link's article appears as Chapter 1.

Introductionp. 1
Ten Years of Research on Plurals--Where Do We Stand?p. 19
The Influence of Plural NPs on Aktionsart in DRTp. 55
Mass Terms and Plurals in Property Theoryp. 113
Three Types of Polarityp. 177
Sums and Quantifiersp. 239
Some Issues in the Analysis of Multiple Quantification with Plural NPsp. 283
Reducing the Coordination of Determiners: Some Principlesp. 321
Issues on Distributive and Collective Readingsp. 339
Index of Subjectsp. 367
Index of Namesp. 379
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ISBN: 9780792348412
ISBN-10: 0792348419
Series: Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 386
Published: 30th November 1997
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.61