Quantification

Anna Szabolcsi

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    Abstract

    Quantification forms a significant aspect of cross-linguistic research into both sentence structure and meaning. This book surveys research in quantification starting with the foundational work in the 1970s. It paints a vivid picture of generalized quantifiers and Boolean semantics. It explains how the discovery of diverse scope behaviour in the 1990s transformed the view of quantification, and how the study of the internal composition of quantifiers has become central in recent years. It presents different approaches to the same problems, and links modern logic and formal semantics to advances in generative syntax. A unique feature of the book is that it systematically brings cross-linguistic data to bear on the theoretical issues, covering French, German, Dutch, Hungarian, Russian, Japanese, Telugu (Dravidian), and Shupamem (Grassfield Bantu) and points to formal semantic literature involving quantification in around thirty languages.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    PublisherCambridge University Press
    Number of pages252
    ISBN (Electronic)9780511781681
    ISBN (Print)9780521887960
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences(all)

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    Szabolcsi, A. (2010). Quantification. Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511781681