Date: 21-Oct-2010 From: Gianina Iordachioaia <gianinaifla.uni-stuttgart.de> Subject: Negative Concord with Negative Quantifiers: A polyadic quantifier approach to Romanian negative concord/Negative Konkordanz mit negativen Quantoren: Eine Analyse negativer Konkordanz im Rumänischen mit polyadischen Quantoren E-mail this message to a friend
Institution: Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen Program: Seminar für Sprachwissenschaft Dissertation Status: Completed Degree Date: 2009
Author: Gianina Iordachioaia
Dissertation Title: Negative Concord with Negative Quantifiers: A polyadic quantifier approach to Romanian negative concord/Negative Konkordanz mit negativen Quantoren: Eine Analyse negativer Konkordanz im Rumänischen mit polyadischen Quantoren
Dissertation Director(s): Fritz Hamm Erhard W. Hinrichs Frank Richter Uwe Mönnich
This dissertation belongs to the linguistic research on negative concord and presents an application to Romanian. It offers a syntax-semantics interface which takes into account the negative semantics of each expression that participates in negative concord. The semantic analysis makes use of Polyadic Quantifiers (Keenan & Westerståhl 1997), which are integrated in Lexical Resource Semantics (LRS, Richter & Sailer 2004) and can thus be employed in a syntax-semantics interface in Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG, Pollard & Sag 1994).
The first part of the dissertation argues that Romanian n-words are negative quantifiers and that negative concord constructions are best treated as polyadic quantifiers. Next, a compositional grammar with simple type theory and lambda calculus is shown to be too restrictive to accommodate polyadic quantifiers. This result eliminates the possibility to offer a compositional syntax-semantics for negative concord. As a solution, polyadic quantifiers are represented in a higher order language which is embedded in LRS, a platform for underspecified semantics in HPSG. The flexible combinatorics of LRS together with further constraint-based mechanisms available in HPSG enable us to develop a systematic syntax-semantics interface for the core properties of negative concord in Romanian.
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