Quantification in Natural Languages

Quantification in Natural Languages : Volume I

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This volume of papers grew outof a research project on "Cross-Linguistic Quantification" originated by Emmon Bach, Angelika Kratzer and Barbara Partee in 1987 at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and supported by National Science Foundation Grant BNS 871999. The publication also reflects directly or indirectly several other related activ- ities. Bach, Kratzer, and Partee organized a two-evening symposium on cross-linguistic quantification at the 1988 Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America in New Orleans (held without financial support) in order to bring the project to the attention of the linguistic community and solicit ideas and feedback from colleagues who might share our concern for developing a broader typological basis for research in semantics and a better integration of descriptive and theoretical work in the area of quantification in particular. The same trio organized a six-week workshop and open lecture series and related one-day confer- ence on the same topic at the 1989 LSA Linguistic Institute at the University of Arizona in Tucson, supported by a supplementary grant, NSF grant BNS-8811250, and Partee offered a seminar on the same topic as part of the Institute course offerings. Eloise Jelinek, who served as a consultant on the principal grant and was a participant in the LSA symposium and the Arizona workshops, joined the group of editors for this volume in 1989.
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  • Hardback | 760 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 52.58mm | 2,780g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1995 ed.
  • 2 Tables, black and white; IX, 760 p.
  • 0792333527
  • 9780792333524

Table of contents

Preface. Introduction. A Note on Quantification and Blankets in Haisla; E. Bach. On the Absence of Certain Quantifiers in Mohawk; M. Baker. Quantification in Eskimo: a Challenge for Compositional Semantics; M. Bittner. Remarks on Definiteness in Warlpiri; M. Bittner, K. Hale. The Variability of Impersonal Subjects; G. Chierchia. On Quantifier Strength; I. Comorovski. Quantification on Correlatives; V.S. Dayal. A-Quantifiers and Scope in Mayali; N. Evans. Towards a Typology of Natural Logic; L. Faltz. Universal Quantifiers and Distributivity; D. Gil. Diachronic Sources of `All' and `Every'; M. Haspelmath. Mass and Count Quantifiers; J. Higginbotham. On the Characterization of the Weak--Strong Distinction; H. de Hoop. On the Quantificational Force of English Free Relatives; P. Jacobson. Quantification in Straits Salish; E. Jelinek. Quantificational Structures and Compositionality; B.H. Partee. Bare Noun Phrases, Verbs, and Quantification in ASL; K. Petronio. Quantification, Events and Gerunds; P. Portner. Domain Restriction in Dynamic Semantics; C. Roberts. The Expression of Quantificational Notions in Asurini do Trocara; M. Damasco Vieira.
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Review quote

`We recommend unreservedly its careful and patient study to anyone with the slightest interest in the empirical facts and/or (their implications for) the formal properties of quantification.'
Linguistics, 34 (1996)
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