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Handbook of Quantifiers in Natural Language

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  • Enables cross-language research based on individual studies that each follow the same structure
  • Offers a unique breadth and diversity by covering 20 different languages from 15 language families
  • Presents reliable and accessible data on quantifiers written by native speaker linguists

Part of the book series: Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy (SLAP, volume 90)

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Covering a strikingly diverse range of languages from 12 linguistic families, this handbook is based on responses to a questionnaire constructed by the editors. Focusing on the formation, distribution and semantic interpretation of quantificational expressions, the book explores 17 languages including German, Italian, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Malagasy, Hebrew, Pima, Basque, and more. The language data sets enable detailed crosslinguistic comparison of numerous features. These include semantic classes of quantifiers (generalized existential, generalized universal, proportional, partitive), syntactically complex quantifiers (intensive modification, Boolean compounding, exception phrases) and several others such as quantifier scope ambiguities, quantifier float, and binary quantifiers. Its theory-independent content extends earlier work by Matthewson (2008) and Bach et al. (1995), making this handbook suitable for linguists, semanticians, philosophers of language and logicians alike.

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Table of contents (18 chapters)

Editors and Affiliations

  • , Dept. of Linguistics, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA

    Edward L. Keenan, Denis Paperno

About the editors

Edward L. Keenan is Distinguished Professor of linguistics at theUniversity of California at Los Angeles.  He received his PhD in Formal Linguistics from The University of Pennsylvania in 1969 for a thesis on A Presupposition Logic for Natural Language.  He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as the American Association for the Advancement of Science.   He has published in numerous areas of linguistics, including syntactic typology, formal semantics, theoretical syntax, historical syntax, and Austronesian linguistics. He has co-authored two books:  Boolean Semantics for Natural Language (1985), with Leonard Faltz, and Bare Grammar: Lectures on Linguistic Invariants, with Edward P. Stabler (2003).


Denis Paperno is a graduate of the Moscow State University andcurrently a PhD candidate at the University of California at Los Angeles.  He has done fieldwork in the Komi Republic, the Udmurt Republic, the Caucasus, and W. Africa and has written agrammar of Beng  (Mande; Côte d'Ivoire) (in Russian).  In addition to African linguistics he has published in semantics and syntactic typology.


Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Handbook of Quantifiers in Natural Language

  • Editors: Edward L. Keenan, Denis Paperno

  • Series Title: Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Dordrecht

  • eBook Packages: Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-94-007-2680-2Published: 30 March 2012

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-94-024-0582-8Published: 23 August 2016

  • eBook ISBN: 978-94-007-2681-9Published: 28 March 2012

  • Series ISSN: 0924-4662

  • Series E-ISSN: 2215-034X

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XII, 970

  • Topics: Semantics, Philosophy of Language, Syntax

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