Partitives, numerals and a unified part-whole structure



Rok publikování 2019
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Popis In standard lattice-theoretic approaches to natural language (e.g., Link 1983, Landman 2000, Champollion 2017) singularities and pluralities are assumed to involve two distinct mereological structures and it is supposed that compositional semantics is not sensitive to the manner how parts of a whole are arranged. In this paper, I argue that: i) some quantificational operations including counting presuppose certain topological relations to hold within a part-whole structure and ii) quantification over parts and wholes are subject to identical restrictions. I present new evidence in favor of a mereotopological approach to nominal semantics (Grimm 2012) and novel data concerning the interaction between quantification and part-whole relations.
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