Natural Language Semantics

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 303–337 | Cite as

Reciprocity and Cumulative Predication

  • Wolfgang Sternefeld


This paper investigates different readings of plural and reciprocal sentences and how they can be derived from syntactic surface structures in a systematic way. The main thesis is that these readings result from different ways of inserting logical operators at the level of Logical Form. The basic operator considered here is a cumulative mapping from predicates that apply to singularities onto the corresponding predicates that apply to pluralities. Given a theory which allows for free insertion of such operators, it can then be shown that the lexical semantics of the reciprocal expressions each other/one another consists of exactly two components, namely an anaphoric variable and a non-identity statement. This receives further support from the observation that it is exactly these two components that can be focused by only; all that remains to be done is to correctly manipulate these components at the level of LF.


Surface Structure Logical Operator Basic Operator Cumulative Mapping Lexical Semantic 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wolfgang Sternefeld
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  1. 1.Seminar für SprachwissenschaftUniversität TübingenTübingenGermany E-mail: Email

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