Marti, Luisa (2008) The semantics of plural indefinite noun phrases in Spanish and Portuguese. Natural Language Semantics, 16 (1). pp. 1-37. ISSN 0925-854X.
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In this paper I provide a decompositional analysis of three kinds of plural indefinites in two related languages, European Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese. The three indefinites studied are bare plurals, the unos (Spanish)/uns (Portuguese) type, and the algunos (Spanish)/alguns (Portuguese) type. The paper concentrates on four properties: semantic plurality, positive polarity, partitivity, and event distribution. The logic underlying the analysis is that of compositionality, applied at the subword level: as items become bigger in form (with the addition of morphemes), they also acquire more semantic properties. The paper proposes the “indefinite hierarchy", which establishes a set of components for languages to build their indefinites with, in a particular order.
|Uncontrolled keywords:||Plural indefinites - Indefinite hierarchy - Semantic plurality - Positive polarity - Partitivity - Event distribution|
|Subjects:||P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics|
|Divisions:||Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > English Language and Linguistics|
|Depositing User:||Steph Ham|
|Date Deposited:||20 Aug 2012 10:16|
|Last Modified:||28 Aug 2012 11:24|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/30212 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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