Redefining Indefinites

  • Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin
  • Claire Beyssade

Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 85)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin, Claire Beyssade
    Pages 1-29
  3. Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin, Claire Beyssade
    Pages 31-93
  4. Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin, Claire Beyssade
    Pages 95-126
  5. Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin, Claire Beyssade
    Pages 143-170
  6. Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin, Claire Beyssade
    Pages 171-189
  7. Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin, Claire Beyssade
    Pages 191-220
  8. Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin, Claire Beyssade
    Pages 221-241
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 243-268

About this book


This volume explores the interpretation of indefinites and the constraints on their distribution by paying particular attention to key issues in the interface between syntax and semantics: the relation between the semantic properties of indefinite determiners and the denotation of indefinite DPs, their scope, and their behaviour in generic and conditional sentences. Examples come from French, other Romance languages and English. Central to the proposed analyses is a distinction between two types of entities, individualized entities and amounts. Weak indefinites are analyzed as existential generalized quantifiers over amounts and strong indefinites as either Skolem terms or generalized quantifiers over individualized entities. The up-to-date review of the literature and the new falsifiable proposals contained in this book will be of particular interest to linguistics students and scholars interested in the cross-linguistic semantics of indefinites.



Ambiguity of indefinites Bare nouns Cross-linguistic semantics Denotation of indefinite DPs Interpretation of indefinites Mass Plurals Scope of indefinites Semantic incorporation Syntax and semantics Weak indefinites

Authors and affiliations

  • Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin
    • 1
  • Claire Beyssade
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Paris 7, UMR 7110, Case 7031CNRSParisFrance
  2. 2., UMR 8129Institut Jean NicodParisFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-3001-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-3002-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-4670
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