Several quantifiers are different than others : Polish indefinite numerals



Year of publication 2020
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Advances in Formal Slavic Linguistics 2017
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

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Keywords indefinites; numerals; quantifiers; choice functions; classifiers; Polish
Description In this paper, I examine properties of two Polish indefinite quantifiers, namely ileś ‘some, some number’ and kilka ‘several, a few’. I argue that they share morphosyntactic properties with cardinal numerals rather than with vague quantifiers such as mało ‘little, few’ and dużo ‘much, many’ and propose that they should be modeled as involving a built-in classifier comprising both a measure function and choice function. The difference between the two indefinites boils down to the type of set the choice function selects a member from and the type of measure function that is employed.
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