Ana Aguilar-Guevara | Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Bert Le Bruyn | Utrecht University
Joost Zwarts | Utrecht University
This volume brings together studies in the domain of weak referentiality, the phenomenon that a definite or indefinite noun phrase lacks its usual referential force. Several papers investigate syntactic or semantic properties of indefinite noun phrases, such as modality, number neutrality, narrow scope, incorporation, predication, and case marking, and that in a range of languages (Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Catalan, German, Papiamentu, Russian). Other papers deal with weakly referential definite noun phrases in various languages (Basque, Dutch, English, French) involving scrambling, modification, possession, and accessibility. The papers demonstrate a range of empirical methods and theoretical models. This volume will not only be of interest to researchers and students in syntax and semantics, but also in psycholinguistics and language typology.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 219] 2014. xii, 390 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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Table of Contents
List of contributors | pp. vii–viii
List of abbreviations | pp. ix–xii
Advances in weak referentialityAna Aguilar-Guevara, Bert Le Bruyn and Joost Zwarts | pp. 1–16
Modal inferences in marked indefinites: the case of German irgend-indefinitesMaria Aloni and Angelika Port | pp. 17–44
Epistemic and scopal properties of some indefinitesTania Ionin | pp. 45–72
Antonymic prepositions and weak referentialityTibor Kiss and Claudia Roch | pp. 73–100
Weak referentiality and Russian instrumental nominalsLidia Bogatyreva and M. Teresa Espinal | pp. 101–128
Predicate nominals in Papiamentu: a comparison with Brazilian Portuguese and other languagesCristina Schmitt and Ellen-Petra Kester | pp. 129–156
Many a pluralEric Mathieu | pp. 157–182
Telic definites and their prepositions: French and SerbianTijana Asic and Francis Corblin | pp. 183–212
How weak and how definite are Weak Definites?Florian Schwarz | pp. 213–235
Modified weak definitesAna Aguilar-Guevara and Maartje Schulpen | pp. 237–264
Functional frames in the interpretation of weak nominalsJoost Zwarts | pp. 265–286
Unscrambling the lexical nature of weak definitesPeter de Swart and Geertje van Bergen | pp. 287–310
Inalienable possession: the status of the definite articleBert Le Bruyn | pp. 311–334
Basque nominals: from a system with bare nouns to a system withoutUrtzi Etxeberria | pp. 335–364
Referential properties of definites and salience spreadingPetra B. Schumacher and Hanna Weiland-Breckle | pp. 365–388
Index | pp. 389–390
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Main BIC Subject
CFK: Grammar, syntax
Main BISAC Subject
LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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