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Diss: Semantics/Syntax: Iordachioaia: 'Negative Concord with ...'

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Message 1: 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
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
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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 URL: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:bsz:21-opus-48224

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Syntax

Subject Language(s): Romanian (ron)


Dissertation Director(s):
Fritz Hamm
Erhard W. Hinrichs
Frank Richter
Uwe Mönnich

Dissertation Abstract:

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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