Quantification in Eskimo: A Challenge for Compositional Semantics
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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).
KeywordsRelative Clause Existential Quantifier Semantic Contribution Discourse Referent Bare Plural
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