The Syntax-Semantics Mappings of Affixal Quantifiers and Tripartite Structures

  • Peppina Po-lun Lee
Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 87)


This chapter answers the question of how the syntax of the sentences involving these affixal quantifiers is mapped to their semantic representations. I will argue that affixal quantifiers give a mapping mechanism distinct from that of A-quantifiers and that of D-quantifiers: while the selection of items for association is determined by the QAH as derived in  Chap. 3, there is no unified mapping for affixal quantifiers. When there is no focus in the sentence, their mapping is determined by the lexical semantics of individual affixal quantifiers: for -saai, the item selected from the QAH is mapped to the restrictor, with everything else within its scope to the nuclear scope; on the other hand, for -maai and -hoi, the item selected from the QAH is mapped to the nuclear scope, with everything else within its scope to the restrictor.


Restrictive Domain Complement Clause Lexical Semantic Additive Quantifier Verbal Argument 
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  • Peppina Po-lun Lee
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  1. 1.Department of Chinese, Translation and LinguisticsCity University of Hong KongKowloon TongHong Kong

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