Quantifier particles and compositionality

Anna Szabolcsi

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    In many languages, the same particles build quantifier words and serve as connectives, additive and scalar particles, question markers, existential verbs, and so on. Do the roles of each particle form a natural class with a stable semantics? Are the particles aided by additional elements, overt or covert, in fulfilling their varied roles? I propose a unified analysis, according to which the particles impose partial ordering requirements (glb and lub) on the interpretations of their hosts and the immediate larger contexts, but do not embody algebraic operations themselves.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Number of pages8
    StatePublished - 2013
    Event19th Amsterdam Colloquium, AC 2013 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Duration: Dec 18 2013Dec 20 2013


    Other19th Amsterdam Colloquium, AC 2013

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Software
    • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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