Linguistics and Philosophy

, Volume 29, Issue 3, pp 251–276 | Cite as

Plurality and Temporal Modification

  • Ron Artstein
  • Nissim Francez


A semantics with plural entitles and plural times accounts for cumulative relations between plural arguments and temporal expressions. The semantics equips nominal, verbal and sentential meanings with temporal context variables and treats temporal modifiers as temporal generalized quantifiers; cumulative conjunction, however, takes place at types lower than generalized quantifiers. The mediation of temporal context variables allows cumulative relations to percolate between an argument in a main clause and one in a temporal clause, in apparent violation of locality restrictions. Plural times form a semilattice structure imposed on the set of intervals; no interaction is observed between this and the internal temporal structure of intervals.


Temporal Context Main Clause Common Noun Natural Language Semantic Nominal Argument 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of EssexColchesterUK
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceTechnion-Israel Institute of TechnologyHaifaIsrael

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