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AuthorLasersohn, Peter. author
TitlePlurality, Conjunction and Events [electronic resource] / by Peter Lasersohn
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 1995
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Descript XII, 308 p. online resource


Plurality, Conjunction and Events presents a novel theory of plural and conjoined phrases, in an event-based semantic framework. It begins by reviewing options for treating the alternation between ̀collective' and ̀distributive' readings of sentences containing plural or conjoined noun phrases, including analyses from both the modern and the premodern literature. It is argued that plural and conjoined noun phrases are unambiguously group-denoting, and that the collective/distributive distinction therefore must be located in the predicates with which these noun phrases combine. More specifically, predicates must have a hidden argument place for events; the collective/distributive distinction may then be represented in the part/whole structure of these events. This allows a natural treatment of ̀collectivizing' adverbial expressions, and of ̀pluractional' affixes; it also allows a unified semantics for conjunction, in which conjoined sentences and predicates denote groups of events, much like conjoined noun phrases denote groups of individuals


One. Collective and Distributive Readings: History and Range of Possible Analyses -- 1: Logical Form -- 2: The NP/S Analysis -- 3: The Relational/S Analysis -- 4: The S/S Analysis -- 5: Two Types of NP/NP Analysis -- 6: Interlude On Collective Action and Colors -- 7: Locating the Ambiguity -- 8: How Many Readings? -- 9: On The Structure of Groups -- 10: The Event-Free Fragment -- Two. Events in the Semantics of Plurality and Conjunction -- 11: Earlier Work on Collectivizing Adverbials -- 12: Return to an Event-Based Analysis -- 13: Pluractional Markers -- 14: Unifying the Semantics of Conjunction -- Conclusion -- References

Linguistics Logic Language and languages -- Philosophy Semantics Linguistics Semantics Theoretical Linguistics Philosophy of Language Logic


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