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Existential bare plurals: From properties back to entities
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Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin، نويسنده ,
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روزنامه با شماره پیاپی سال 2009
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Post-carlsonian analyses of existential bare plurals have basically followed three lines of investigation, analyzing existential bare plurals as names of kinds, weak indefinites or properties. I show that none of the existing proposals can explain the behavior of bare plurals in Romance languages. I argue that we need to combine a revised version of Diesingʹs analysis of existential bare plurals with Steedmanʹs analysis of indefinites and with Chierchiaʹs neo-carlsonian analysis of kind-denoting bare plurals. The theoretical novelty of the paper is a denotational definition of Milsarkʹs distinction between weak and strong indefinites. Both types of indefinites denote entities, which nevertheless differ regarding their domain: weak indefinites, and in particular existential bare plurals, refer to sums, which are derived entities that relate to each other by the part-whole relation, whereas strong indefinites refer to primitive entities that belong to an unordered set.
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Weak/strong indefinites , Semantic type , Modes of semantic composition , SUMS , Skolem terms , Semantic incorporation , Bare count singulars , Bare plurals
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Lingua(International Review of General Linguistics)
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