Handbook of Quantifiers in Natural Language: Volume II

  • Denis Paperno
  • Edward L. Keenan

Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 97)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Edward L. Keenan
    Pages 1-20
  3. Natasha Abner, Ronnie B. Wilbur
    Pages 21-59
  4. Peppina Po-lun Lee
    Pages 61-111
  5. Pamela Munro
    Pages 113-201
  6. Valentin Vydrin
    Pages 203-280
  7. Katie Bicevskis, Henry Davis, Lisa Matthewson
    Pages 281-382
  8. Anoop Mahajan
    Pages 383-430
  9. Mark Donohue, Bhojraj Gautam
    Pages 431-451
  10. Pilar Chamorro Fernandez, Lindsey Antonini
    Pages 453-515
  11. Paul Law, Qinglian Zhao
    Pages 517-570
  12. Nicholas Evans
    Pages 571-607
  13. Hannah Sarvasy
    Pages 609-663
  14. Maziar Toosarvandani, Hayedeh Nasser
    Pages 665-696
  15. Kathleen Chase O’Flynn
    Pages 697-750
  16. Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein, Cansada Martin, Pamela Munro, Jos Tellings
    Pages 751-801
  17. Vadim Kimmelman
    Pages 803-855
  18. Deniz Özyıldız
    Pages 857-937
  19. Deborah J. M. Wong, Iara Mantenuto
    Pages 939-961
  20. Margit Bowler
    Pages 963-994
  21. Edward L. Keenan, Denis Paperno
    Pages 995-1004
  22. Back Matter
    Pages 1005-1010

About this book


This work presents the structure, distribution and semantic interpretation of quantificational expressions in languages from diverse language families and typological profiles. The current volume pays special attention to underrepresented languages of different status and endangerment level. Languages covered include American and Russian Sign Languages, and sixteen spoken languages from Africa, Australia, Papua, the Americas, and different parts of Asia.  The articles respond to a questionnaire the editors constructed to enable detailed crosslinguistic comparison of numerous features. They offer comparable information on semantic classes of quantifiers (generalized existential, generalized universal, proportional, partitive), syntactically complex quantifiers (intensive modification, Boolean compounds, exception phrases, etc.), and several more specific issues such as quantifier scope ambiguities, floating quantifiers, and binary (type 2) quantifiers.  The book is intended for semanticists, logicians interested in quantification in natural language, and general linguists as articles are meant to be descriptive and theory independent.  The book continues and expands the coverage of the Handbook of Quantifiers in Natural Language (2012) by the same editors, and extends the earlier work in Matthewson (2008), Gil et al. (2013) and Bach et al (1995).


Binary quantifiers Boolean compounds Cross-linguistic comparison of quantifiers Exception phrases Existential/universal/proportional quantifiers Floating quantifiers Quantification in natural languages Quantificational expressions in languages Quantified possessors Quantifiers in American sign language Quantifiers in Bamana Quantifiers in Georgian Quantifiers in Russian sign language Semantic analysis of quantifiers Syntactically complex quantifiers

Editors and affiliations

  • Denis Paperno
    • 1
  • Edward L. Keenan
    • 2
  1. 1.LORIA (UMR 7503), CNRSVandoeuvre-lès-NancyFrance
  2. 2.Dept. of Linguistics 3125 Campbell HallUniversity of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-44328-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-44330-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-4662
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-034X
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