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Title: Quantifier Scope in German
Written By: Jürgen Pafel
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LA%2084
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 84
Description:

This book presents a comprehensive account of quantifier scope in German.
The author investigates scope behavior of ordinary quantifiers and
negative, adverbial, interrogative, relative and particle quantifiers. The
areas which are dealt with include: relative scope in simple sentences,
absolute and relative scope in complex sentences, noun-phrase internal
scope, and scope behavior of indefinite noun phrases. A theory of explicit
and implicit quantification is proposed and a uniform process of scope
determination is sketched which encompasses the scope of explicit as well
as implicit quantifiers. Quantifier scope is a challenge to linguistic
theory as it is a phenomenon which is determined by the interplay of
diverse syntactic and semantic factors, which interact in a weighted and
cumulative way. The factors' interplay is part of the
syntax/semantics-interface, i.e., the constraints relating syntax and
semantics, which are considered to be relatively autonomous, parallel
levels connected by an interface of correspondence constraints.

Table of contents

Abbreviations and symbols ix–xi
Preface xiii–xvi
Preliminaries 1–49
Relative scope 51–136
Absolute scope 137–178
Indefinites and quantifiers 179–213
Interrogative quantifiers 215–235
Alternative scope accounts 237–260
Towards a theory of semantic structure 261–289
Concluding remarks 291–292
References 293–309
Index 311–312

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Semantics
Syntax
Subject Language(s): German
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027228086
ISBN-13: 9789027228086
Pages: xvi,312
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