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Structuring Sense Volume I: In Name Only

Hagit Borer

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199263905
eISBN:
9780191718182
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263905.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics

This book explores the difference between words however defined and structures however constructed. It sets out to demonstrate over three volumes — of which this is the first — that the explanation ... More


The Meaning of More

Alexis Wellwood

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780198804659
eISBN:
9780191842870
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198804659.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Theoretical Linguistics

This book re-imagines the compositional semantics of comparative constructions with words like “more”. It argues for a revision of one of the fundamental assumptions of the degree semantics framework ... More


Quality nouns and other mass nouns

Itamar Francez and Andrew Koontz-Garboden

in Semantics and Morphosyntactic Variation: Qualities and the Grammar of Property Concepts

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780198744580
eISBN:
9780191805837
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198744580.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter considers the relation between qualities and masses, showing that the order-theoretic difference here posited between them—qualities are ordered by a preorder called size and a ... More


Measuring stuff and process

Alexis Wellwood

in The Meaning of More

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780198804659
eISBN:
9780191842870
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198804659.003.0003
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Theoretical Linguistics

This chapter begins the book’s survey of non-canonical comparatives, and suggests a degree-based interpretation of the expression “much” which occurs implicitly as a morphosyntactic part of “more”, ... More


Measuring pluralities

Alexis Wellwood

in The Meaning of More

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780198804659
eISBN:
9780191842870
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198804659.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Theoretical Linguistics

The previous chapters have focused on the compositional semantics of comparatives targeting phrases relatively uninfluenced by the interpretive effects of functional morphology. This chapter focuses ... More


Number, names, and animacy: Nominal classes and plural interactions in Gitksan

Clarissa Forbes

in Gender and Noun Classification

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198828105
eISBN:
9780191866777
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198828105.003.0010
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Theoretical Linguistics

Chapter 10 identifies three distinct types of noun classification active in Gitksan: mass/count, animate/inanimate, and common/determinate. It further identifies three types of number contrast each ... More


Mass/Count Distinctions in Ibero-Romance Dialects

Inés Fernández-Ordóñez

in The Syntactic Variation of Spanish Dialects

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2019
ISBN:
9780190634797
eISBN:
9780190634827
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190634797.003.0003
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

Some Ibero-Romance dialects show neuter agreement with uncountable nouns. According to data recently compiled in dialect corpora, mass neuter agreement varies according to word classes, being most ... More


Romance gender systems: The fuller picture

Michele Loporcaro

in Gender from Latin to Romance: History, Geography, Typology

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2018
ISBN:
9780199656547
eISBN:
9780191848100
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199656547.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

After showing that, for purposes of reconstruction, the dataset must be limited to non-creolized Romance varieties, the chapter discusses the notion ‘remnants of the neuter’, showing that this label ... More


Mass/countness and gender in Asturian

Michele Loporcaro

in Gender from Latin to Romance: History, Geography, Typology

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2018
ISBN:
9780199656547
eISBN:
9780191848100
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199656547.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

Having shown at the end of Chapter 4 that mass/count may be encoded in the gender system, this chapter analyses in depth one Romance variety where the interaction of the mass/count distinction with ... More


How Universal is the Mass/Count Distinction? Three Grammars of Counting

Gennaro Chierchia

in Chinese Syntax in a Cross-Linguistic Perspective

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199945658
eISBN:
9780190201104
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945658.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

It has been argued by cognitive psychologists that human infants have the capacity to differentiate objects, like tables and teddy bears (which are bounded and cohesive), from substances, like sand ... More


Mass/count

Carrie Gillon and Nicole Rosen

in Nominal Contact in Michif

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780198795339
eISBN:
9780191836596
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198795339.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Language Families, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter investigates the mass/count distinction in Michif. In many languages, mass and count nouns are distinguished via the (in)ability to occur with plural marking, the (in)ability to occur ... More


Reasons, Reason, and Context

Daniel Fogal

in Weighing Reasons

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780199315192
eISBN:
9780190245580
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199315192.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter explores some important yet neglected subtleties of ordinary reasons-talk. The first concerns the use of “reason” (in its normative sense) as a count noun and as a mass noun, and the ... More


Massively monadic, potentially plural

Paul M. Pietroski

in Conjoining Meanings: Semantics Without Truth Values

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780198812722
eISBN:
9780191850516
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198812722.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter offers evidence for the following hypothesis: the concepts fetched via lexical meanings are predicative (monadic) or minimally relational (dyadic), even though we often lexicalize ... More


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