Non-definiteness and Plurality

| Institut Libre Marie Haps, Université Libre de Bruxelles
| University of Antwerp
ISBN 9789027233592 | EUR 125.00 | USD 188.00
ISBN 9789027293176 | EUR 125.00 | USD 188.00
This collection of studies by leading scholars in the field focuses on the semantics of non-definite (bare and indefinite) plural NPs. The contributions in the first part concentrate on bare plurals and their cross-linguistic counterparts. They discuss applicability of the notion of ‘semantic incorporation’ to bare plurals by contrasting them to bare singulars, with the aim of accounting for the interaction between the semantics of number and the degree of (in)dependency of the NP with respect to the verb. The articles in the second part examine the relationship between the semantics of number and the semantics of aspect. The contributions in the third part concentrate on non-definite numerical noun phrases by addressing a range of fundamental questions such as: the semantics of indefinite time-phrases, numericals in classifier- and non-classifier languages, scope interactions, the at least- and exactly-readings, referential properties of numericals. The volume will be welcomed by linguists interested in the semantics of number in non-definite NPs.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 95]  2006.  vi, 358 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Svetlana Vogeleer and Liliane Tasmowski
Part I. Non-definiteness, Plurality, and Incorporation
The meaningful bounds of incorporation
Greg N. Carlson
Bare nouns, number and types of incorporation
Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin, Tonia Bleam and M. Teresa Espinal
The unmarked determiner
Donka F. Farkas
Bare objects in Korean: (Pseudo-)incorporation and (in)definiteness
Song-Nim Kwon and Anne Zribi-Hertz
Bare plurals in object position: Which verbs fail to give existential readings, and why?
Sheila Glasbey
Part II. Alternatives to the Incorporation Approach
Aspectual implications of the semantics of plural indefinites
Henriette E. de Swart
Indefinites, quantifiers and pluractionals: What scope effects tell us about event pluralities
Brenda Laca
Generic sentences and bare plurals
Jacqueline Guéron
Part III. Numerical Non-definites
Indefinite t ime phrases, in situ scope, and dual-perspective intensionality
Fred Landman
Identity of the domain of quantification for numerals
Mana Kobuchi-Philip
Scope shift with numeral indefinites: Syntax or processing?
Tanya Reinhart
Take ‘five’: The meaning and use of a number word
Bart Geurts
The semantics of paranumerals
Francis Corblin
“I recommend this book to anyone interested in the recent advances in the description and theory of bare plurals, bare singulars, and numeral phrases and in the relevance of aspect in relation to these expressions.”
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