Quantification, Definiteness, and Nominalization

Paperback | January 15, 2009

EditorAnastasia Giannakidou, Monika Rathert

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This book addresses recent developments in the study of quantifier phrases, nominalizations, and the linking definite determiner. It reflects the intense reconsideration of the nature of quantification, and of fundamental aspects of the syntax and semantics of quantifier phrases. Leadinginternational scholars explore novel and challenging ideas at the interfaces between syntax and morphology, syntax and semantics, morphology and the lexicon. They examine core issues in the field, such as kind reference, number marking, partitivity, context dependence and the way presuppositions arebuilt into the meanings of quantifiers. They also consider how in this context definiteness and the definite determiner D play a central role, and the way in which D is also instrumental in nominalizations. With nominalization, the lexical semantic contribution of verbs and their arguments becomescentral, and within the perspective of this book the question is asked whether syntactic nominalizations share with noun phrases the same external layer, namely the functional projection DP. If so, what exactly is the contribution of D in this case, and how much of the lexical correspondence betweennouns and verbs is preserved?This book presents the latest thinking on cross-paradigm and cross-linguistic approaches in three of the most vibrant and productive research areas in linguistics. It paves the way towards a more comprehensive understanding of how quantification, definiteness, and nominalizations are encoded in thegrammar.

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This book addresses recent developments in the study of quantifier phrases, nominalizations, and the linking definite determiner. It reflects the intense reconsideration of the nature of quantification, and of fundamental aspects of the syntax and semantics of quantifier phrases. Leadinginternational scholars explore novel and challeng...

Anastasia Giannakidou is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Chicago. She has studied philosophy of language and linguistics, and is the author of many articles in natural language semantics and syntax on topics such as negative polarity, free choice, quantification, ellipsis, focus, tense, and mood. Her previous b...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:January 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Anastasia Giannakidou and Monika Rathert: IntroductionPart I: Quantification2. Lisa Matthewson: An Unfamiliar Proportional Quantifier3. Lisa Lai-Shen Cheng: On Every Type of Quantificational Expression in Chinese4. Urtzi Etxeberria: Contextually Restricted Quantification in Basque5. Luisa Marti: Contextual Restrictions on Indefinites: Spanish Algunos vs. Unos6. Kook-Hee Gil and George Tsoulas: Issues in Quantification and DP/QP Structure in Dorean and JapanesePart II: Definiteness7. Louise McNally: Properties, Entity Correlates of Properties, and Existentials8. Donka F. Farkas and Henriette de Swart: Stability and Variation in Article Choice: Generic and Non-Generic Contexts9. Arnim von Stechow: The Temporal Degree Adjectives Fruh(er)/ Spat(er) 'Early(er)'/'Late(r)' and the Semantics of the Positive10. Helen de Hoop: On (in)animate Noun PhrasesPart III: Nominalization11. Artemis Alexiadou: On the Role of Syntactic Locality in Morphological Processes: The Case fo (Greek) Derived Nominals12. Manfred Bierwisch: Nominalization - Lexical and Syntactic Aspects13. Heide Harley: The Morphology of Nominalizations and the Syntax of vP14. Thomas Roeper and Angeliek van Hout: The Representation of Movement in -ability Nominalizations. Evidence for Covert Category Movement, Edge Phenomena, and Local LF15. Tal Siloni and Omer Preminger: Nominal VoicesBibliographyIndex