Edited by Lori Repetti and Francisco Ordóñez
[Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 14] 2018
► pp. 215–229
Chapter 12Dependent numerals and dependent existentials in Romanian
The paper discusses Romanian dependent indefinites (DepIndef’s) introduced by the distributive marker câte (/‘kɨ.te/). They come in two guises, referred to as dependent numerals (DepNum’s) in the configuration [câte num np], and dependent existentials (DepExist’s), in the configuration [câte sg-indef np]. The two marked indefinites are identical to their unmarked counterparts at the level of assertion. The narrower distribution of DepNum’s is an effect of the interaction between the numeral and certain Partition operators which license câte. The licensing condition of câte DPs in both guises states that these DPs must be under the scope of a D/Part operator in the terminology of Champollion (2016a,b). DepNum’s are associated with an event-dependent measure of cardinality.
- 2.The distribution of DepIndef’s in Romanian
- 2.1Does “câte” supply distributivity?
- 2.2What type of variable may serve as key?
- 3.The licensing conditions of câte dependent indefinited
- 3.1Champollion’s D and Part operators
- 3.2Romanian DepNum and DepExist
- 3.2.1The semantic contribution of “câte” in DepIndef’s
- 3.2.2Universally quantified sentences
- 3.2.3Temporal keys