Stratified reference: The common core of distributivity, aspect, and measurement

Lucas Champollion

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    Why can I tell you that I ran for five minutes but not that I ∗ran to the store for five minutes? Why can we talk about five pounds of books but not about ∗five pounds of book? What keeps you from saying ∗sixty degrees Celsius of water when you can say sixty inches of water? And what goes wrong when I complain that ∗all the ants in my kitchen are numerous? The constraints on these constructions involve concepts that are generally studied separately: aspect, plural and mass reference, measurement, distributivity, and collectivity. This paper provides a unified perspective on these domains and gives a single answer to the questions above in the framework of algebraic event semantics.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)109-149
    Number of pages41
    JournalTheoretical Linguistics
    Issue number3-4
    StatePublished - Oct 1 2015


    • algebraic semantics
    • aspect
    • boundedness
    • collectivity
    • distributivity
    • mass
    • measurement
    • mereology
    • monotonicity
    • partitives
    • plural
    • telicity

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Language and Linguistics
    • Linguistics and Language


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