Parts and Wholes in Semantics

Parts and Wholes in Semantics

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This book develops a unified account of expressions involving the notions of "part" and "whole" in which principles of the individuation of part structures play a central role. Moltmann presents a range of new empirical generalizations with data from English and a variety of other languages involving plurals, mass nouns, adnominal and adverbial modifiers such as as a whole, together, and alone, nominal and adverbial quantifiers ranging over
parts, and expressions of completion such as completely and partly. She develops a new theory of part structures which differs from traditional mereological theories in that the notion of an integrated whole plays a central role and in that the part structure of an entity is allowed to vary across different situations,
perspectives, and dimensions.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 14mm | 380g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0195154932
  • 9780195154931

Table of contents

I. Introduction ; II. The Formal Semantic Framework and the Treatment of Distributivity ; III. Semantic Selection, Part Structures, and Perspectives ; IV. Part Structures and Quantification ; V. Metrical and Other Lexical Specifications of Part Structures ; VI. Dimensions of Parts and Wholes and the Part Structure of Events ; VII. The Mass-Count Distinction for Verbs and Adverbial Quantification over Events ; VIII. Concluding Remark about Part Structures and Natural Language
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Review quote

This book is a very interesting one. It presents new and promising views of the count/plural/mass distinction, supporting them through extensive discussions of many phenomena. The basic idea - in singling out special entities which play a major role in accounting for count- and plural-like behaviour, according to contextually controllable integrity conditions - is challenging and with far-reaching consequences. Moreover, the breadth of coverage, and the attempts at
discussing crosslinguistic and comparative evidence are worth particular notice. * Fabio Pianesi, Linguistics and Philosophy *
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About Friederike Moltmann

Friederike Moltmann is senior researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris. She had previously taught both linguistics and philosophy at various universities in the US and the UK. She has published numerous articles in both linguistic and philosophical journals.
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