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Negative Indefinites

Doris Penka

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199567263
eISBN:
9780191723261
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567263.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Syntax and Morphology

This exploration of the syntax-semantics interface is concerned with negative indefinites like English ‘nobody’, ‘nothing’, etc. and their counterparts in other languages. A cross-linguistically ... More


Summary

Doris Penka

in Negative Indefinites

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199567263
eISBN:
9780191723261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567263.003.0008
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter gives a brief summary of the analysis and the typology of negative indefinites in the languages discussed. Some consequences of the analysis are suggested.


The Reference Book

John Hawthorne and David Manley

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199693672
eISBN:
9780191739002
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693672.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind

This book critically examines some widespread views about the semantic phenomenon of reference and the cognitive phenomenon of singular thought. It begins by denying that either is tied to a special ... More


Things that Count: Null D

Hagit Borer

in Structuring Sense Volume I: In Name Only

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199263905
eISBN:
9780191718182
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263905.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics

This chapter argues that the properties of the Quantity Phrase (#P) in conjunction with the properties of DP are responsible for derivation of strong vs. weak readings for quantifiers, cardinals, and ... More


Concluding Remarks

D.N.S. BHAT

in Pronouns

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199230242
eISBN:
9780191710124
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230242.003.0012
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics

This chapter provides a summary of the major conclusions of the book, namely (i) using the distinction between personal pronouns and proforms for providing a satisfactory definition for the words ... More


From the specific to the singular

John Hawthorne and David Manley

in The Reference Book

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199693672
eISBN:
9780191739002
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693672.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind

Chapters 6–6 look at various noun phrases in natural language, asking whether there is an interesting referential/non-referential distinction among them. This investigation begins in 4 with the ... More


Introduction

Doris Penka

in Negative Indefinites

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199567263
eISBN:
9780191723261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567263.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter lays the ground for the following discussion by introducing central concepts such as negative indefinites, sentential negation, and constituent negation. It also provides background on ... More


Distributional Restrictions in Scandinavian

Doris Penka

in Negative Indefinites

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199567263
eISBN:
9780191723261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567263.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Syntax and Morphology

In the Scandinavian languages, negative indefinites show a restriction in their distribution to the effect that they have to be adjacent to a position a negative marker can occupy. This chapter shows ... More


The Nature of the Licensing Relation

Doris Penka

in Negative Indefinites

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199567263
eISBN:
9780191723261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567263.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter takes up issues surrounding the licensing relation between negative indefinites and negation. It shows that approaches assuming certain syntactic configurations (e.g., the NEG criterion ... More


Applications to Wh-In Situ Languages

Seth Cable

in The Grammar of Q: Q-Particles, Wh-Movement, and Pied-Piping

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195392265
eISBN:
9780199866526
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195392265.003.0003
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter applies the core ideas underlying the ‘Q-based’ account to the analysis of wh-in situ languages. It is shown that wh-in situ languages comprise at least two distinct syntactic types, ... More


Interrogative–Indefinite Puzzle

D.N.S. BHAT

in Pronouns

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199230242
eISBN:
9780191710124
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230242.003.0010
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics

The occurrence of one and the same set of proforms as indefinites and interrogatives in many languages, and the derivation of indefinites from interrogatives in many others is considered to be rather ... More


The History of Low German Negation

Anne Breitbarth

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199687282
eISBN:
9780191767050
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687282.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics

While the development of negation has in recent years gained an increased interest in linguistic research, as witnessed by a large number of new publications, this development has not yet been ... More


Epistemic Indefinites: Exploring Modality Beyond the Verbal Domain

Luis Alonso-Ovalle and Paula Menéndez-Benito (eds)

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780199665297
eISBN:
9780191779732
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665297.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Theoretical Linguistics

Within formal semantics, research on the expression of modality in natural language has traditionally focused on verbs. This book brings together novel work on the semantics and pragmatics of some ... More


Indefinites in the scope of negation

Anne Breitbarth

in The History of Low German Negation

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199687282
eISBN:
9780191767050
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687282.003.0003
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics

This chapter studies the patterns of interaction between negation markers and indefinites, and diachronic changes affecting this interaction. The chapter demonstrates that Old Low German in ... More


Single-pair, pair-list, and functional answers

Veneeta Dayal

in Questions

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780199281268
eISBN:
9780191757396
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199281268.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Theoretical Linguistics

This chapter deals with pair-list and functional answers to multiple wh questions/questions with universal quantifiers. An account, in which wh expressions are quantifiers over Skolem functions, is ... More


Reversals

Chris Collins and Paul M. Postal

in Classical NEG Raising: An Essay on the Syntax of Negation

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780262027311
eISBN:
9780262323840
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027311.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter examines cases in terms of double negation (NEG) structures, also known as reversals, a term motivated by the fact that a second NEG scoping over the first nullifies the semantic ... More


Strategies of Quantification

Kook-Hee Gil, Stephen Harlow, and George Tsoulas (eds)

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199692439
eISBN:
9780191744891
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199692439.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

Quantification has been at the heart of research in the syntax and semantics of natural language since Aristotle. The last few decades have seen an explosion of detailed studies of the syntax and ... More


Semantics without Existential Quantifiers

Mark Steedman

in Taking Scope: The Natural Semantics of Quantifiers

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262017077
eISBN:
9780262301404
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262017077.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics

Aside from its benefits to semantics, the inclusion of the generalized form of Skolem terms avoids many paradoxes that arise when natural language quantifiers are represented by traditional ... More


Logic in Grammar: Polarity, Free Choice, and Intervention

Gennaro Chierchia

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199697977
eISBN:
9780191765971
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697977.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Syntax and Morphology

This book explores the relation between language and logic through an analysis of polarity sensitivity and free choice effects. A wide variety of items are considered, with the intent of identifying ... More


Generic Plural and Mass Indefinites ∗

Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin

in Genericity

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199691807
eISBN:
9780191745775
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691807.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

The chapter builds on Dobrovie-Sorin and Mari’s (2007a,b) claim that the unacceptability of the generic readings of French plural indefinites headed by ... More


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