The Semantics of Generics in Dutch and Related Languages

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This monograph is a comprehensive study of the various ways in which genericity can be expressed in Dutch, dialects of Dutch, and languages related to Dutch. On the basis of empirical (corpus- and questionnaire-based) data, a wide range of topics are discussed which have been addressed in the literature on the semantics and pragmatics of generics. The empirical data presented in this book shed new light on issues crucial to the study of genericity. A number of widely accepted ideas are shown to be problematic. For example, arguments are presented against the well-known claim that progressive forms typically exclude characterizing interpretations. Furthermore, the author shows that speakers do not agree in their judgements of the acceptability of bare plurals (as well as other noun phrase types) in generic contexts. Such data are a problem for the influential thesis that bare plurals refer to kinds unambiguously.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 122]  2008.  xviii, 286 pp.
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Table of Contents
Preface and acknowledgements
xv–xvi
List of abbreviations
xvii–xviii
Chapter 1. Introduction
1–5
Part I. Theoretical perspectives
7
Chapter 2. Generalization
9–47
Chapter 3. Kind reference
49–64
Part II Empirical perspectives
65
Chapter 4. The empirical base of semantic research
67–90
Chapter 5. Corpus- and questionnaire-based studies
91–132
Part III. Issues in the syntax-semantics interface
133
Chapter 6. The semantics of bare arguments
135–172
Chapter 7. Formal accounts of genericity, reference and the syntax-semantics interface
173–226
Chapter 8. An alternative description of the syntax and semantics of articles
227–270
Chapter 9. Conclusions and issues for future research
271–276
References
277–284
Index
285–286
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2008002768 | Marc record