Genericity

Paperback | January 15, 2013

EditorAlda Mari, Claire Beyssade, Fabio Del Prete

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This book provides an up-to-date introduction to the study of generics and pursues the enterprise of the influential Generic Book edited by Gregory Carlson and Jeffry Pelletier, which was published in 1995. Genericity is a key notion in the study of human cognition as it reveals our capacityto organize our perceived reality into classes and to describe regularities. The generic can be expressed at the level of a word or phrase (ie the potato in The Irish economy became dependent upon the potato) or an entire sentence (eg in John smokes a cigar after dinner, the generic aspect is aproperty of the expression, rather than any single word or phrase within it). This book gathers new work from senior and young researchers to reconsider the notion of genericity, examining the distinct contributions made by the determiner phrase (eg the notions of kind/individual) and the verbal predicate (eg the notions of permanency, disposition, ability, habituality, andplurality). Finally, in connection with the whole sentence, the analytic/synthetic distinction is discussed as well as the notion of normality. The book will appeal to both students and scholars in linguistics, philosophy and cognitive science

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This book provides an up-to-date introduction to the study of generics and pursues the enterprise of the influential Generic Book edited by Gregory Carlson and Jeffry Pelletier, which was published in 1995. Genericity is a key notion in the study of human cognition as it reveals our capacityto organize our perceived reality into classe...

Alda Mari is a CNRS researcher at the Jean Nicod Institute in Paris. She studied Latin, Greek, Sanskrit and linguistics and obtained a PhD at the EHESS in formal semantics. Her first appointment as CNRS researcher was at the Ecole Normale Superieure des Telecommunications in computational linguistics. She has been visiting professor a...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:January 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Alda Mari, Claire Beyssade, and Fabio Del Prete: Introduction2. Carmen Dobrovic-Sorin: Generic Plural and Mass Indefinites3. Bert Le Bruyn, Min Que, and Henriette de Swart: The Scope of Bare Nominals4. Stefan Hinterwimmer: Free Relatives as Kind Denoting Terms5. Gerhard Schaden: Two Ways of 'Referring to Generalities' in German6. Nora Boneh and Edit Doron: Hab and Gen in the Expression of Habituality7. Patricia Cabredo Hofherr: Bare Habituals and Singular Indefinites8. Fabio Del Prete: Imperfectivity and Habituality in Italian9. Anastasia Giannakidou and Eleni Staraki: Ability, Action, and Causation: From pure abilty to force10. Paula Menedez-Benito: On Dispositional Sentences11. Friederike Moltmann: On the Distinction between Abstract States, Concrete States, and Tropes12. Nicholas Asher and Francis Jeffry Pelletier: More Truths About Generic Truth13. Ariel Cohen: No Quantification Without Reinterpretation14. Francis Corblin: The Roots of Genericity: Indefinite singulars vs definite plurals15. Manfred Krifka: Definitional Generics16. Bernhard Nickel: Dutchman are Good Sailors: Generics and gradabilityReferencesIndex