Original Paper

Research on Language and Computation

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 87-102

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On appositives and dynamic binding

  • Rick NouwenAffiliated withUtrecht Institute of Linguistics (OTS), Utrecht University Email author 

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Quantified appositives have a limited distribution which is reminiscent of quantified discourse anaphora. This article investigates whether this parallel can be fleshed out by means of a two-dimensional dynamic semantics. The proposal works towards an explanation of why quantified appositives are generally infelicitous. Crucial is the fact that variables bound by a strong quantifier have a singular value, while the antecedents for discourse anaphora introduced by the quantifier are plural.


Appositives Quantifiers Dynamic binding Multi-dimensional semantics