Majority Quantification and Quantity Superlatives: A Crosslinguistic Analysis of Most: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics, cartea 77

Autor Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin, Ion Giurgea
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 31 mar 2021
This book investigates the syntax and semantics of proportional most and other majority quantifiers across languages. Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin and Ion Giurgea draw on data from around 40 languages to demonstrate the existence of two distinct semantic types of most: a distributive type, which compares cardinalities of sets of atoms, and a cumulative type, which involves measuring plural and mass entities with respect to a whole. On the syntactic side, the most significant difference is between partitive and non-partitive configurations: certain majority quantifiers are specific to partitive constructions, while others are also allowed in non-partitives. The volume also explores complex expressions of the type the largest part and nominal quantifiers of the type the majority. The authors argue in favour of a quantificational analysis of most, in contrast to many recent studies, but adopt a bipartition-cum-superlative analysis for the largest part. The volume is a large-scale crosslinguistic investigation, offering typological insights as well as case studies from a range of languages, including German, Romanian, Hungarian, Hindi, and Syrian Arabic. The findings have implications for the study of number marking, partitivity, kind reference, (in)definiteness marking, and other crucial issues in linguistic theory.
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ISBN-13: 9780198791256
ISBN-10: 0198791259
Pagini: 304
Dimensiuni: 158 x 235 x 18 mm
Greutate: 0.46 kg
Colecția OUP Oxford
Seria Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics

Locul publicării:Oxford, United Kingdom

Notă biografică

Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin is an Emeritus CNRS Researcher at the Laboratoire de Linguistique Formelle, Université de Paris. Her research interests include quantification and plurals, Romanian syntax and semantics, and functional categories in non-finite structures. She has led several joint research projects between the CNRS and the Institute of Linguistics of the Romanian Academy.Ion Giurgea is a Senior Researcher at the 'Iorgu Iordan - Al. Rosetti' Institute of Linguistics in Bucharest. His main areas of research include the syntax and semantics of noun phrases, comparative Romance clausal syntax, information structure, the diachronic syntax of Romanian, and Romanian etymology. He is one of the coordinators of the new Etymological Dictionary of Romanian, a project run by the Romanian Academy.