A unified approach to split scope

Abels, Klaus and Marti, Luisa (2010) A unified approach to split scope. Natural Language Semantics, 18 (4). pp. 435-470. ISSN 0925-854X. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11050-010-9060-8

Abstract

The goal of this paper is to propose a unified approach to the split scope readings of negative indefinites, comparative quantifiers, and numerals. There are two main observations that justify this approach. First, split scope shows the same kinds of restrictions across these different quantifiers. Second, split scope always involves low existential force. In our approach, following Sauerland, natural language determiner quantifiers are quantifiers over choice functions, of type <<<et,e>,t>,t>. In split readings, the quantifier over choice functions scopes above other operators (such as intensional verbs like must or can). Determiner quantifiers leave a choice-function trace when they move and this trace combines with the noun restriction, which is interpreted low. That split scope always involves low existential force is derived, without stipulation, from Kratzer’s idea that low existential force can be achieved via binding (into the noun restriction).

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Split scope - Negative indefinites - Indefinites - Comparative quantifiers - Numerals - Intensional operators - Choice functions - Pseudo-scope
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > English Language and Linguistics
Depositing User: Fiona Godfrey
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2012 16:12
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2012 11:11
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/30204 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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