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Quantification in Eskimo: A Challenge for Compositional Semantics

  • Maria Bittner
Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 54)

Abstract

In (West Greenlandic) Eskimo, as in English, quantificational expressions fall into two syntactic classes. In English, paradigm examples of one class are adverbs of quantification (AQ) e.g. always, mostly,never; while the other class is represented by quantificational determiners like every, most,no. Following Partee et al. (1987), I refer to these two classes as A-quantifiers and D-quantifiers, respectively. Syntactically, an A-quantifier forms a constituent with some projection of V(1a), whereas a D-quantifier is, or forms a constituent with, a projection of N(1b).

Keywords

Relative Clause Existential Quantifier Semantic Contribution Discourse Referent Bare Plural 
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