Linguistics and Philosophy

, Volume 32, Issue 1, pp 95–114

A semantic constraint on binary determiners

Research Article


A type \({\langle{1^2, 1}\rangle}\) quantifier F is symmetric iff F(X, X)(Y) = F(Y, Y)(X). It is shown that quantifiers denoted by irreducible binary determiners in natural languages are both conservative and symmetric and not only conservative.


Binary determiners Higher type quantifiers Symmetry Language universals 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CNRSParisFrance

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