Parts and halves : Exploring subatomic quantification



Year of publication 2018
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
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Faculty of Arts

Description In this paper, I explore 3 hypotheses regarding natural language semantics: i) natural language is sensitive to topological relations holding between parts of singularities, ii) there are general counting rules that presuppose such relations, and iii) quantification over parts is subject to identical restrictions as quantification over wholes. The evidence comes from the interaction between cardinal numerals and partitives involving irregular plurals in Italian as well as distinct classes of Polish `half' words.
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