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Title: Non-definiteness and Plurality
Edited By: Svetlana Vogeleer
Liliane Tasmowski
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LA%2095
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 95

This collection of studies by leading scholars in the field focuses on the
semantics of non-definite (bare and indefinite) plural NPs. The
contributions in the first part concentrate on bare plurals and their
cross-linguistic counterparts. They discuss applicability of the notion of
'semantic incorporation' to bare plurals by contrasting them to bare
singulars, with the aim of accounting for the interaction between the
semantics of number and the degree of (in)dependency of the NP with respect
to the verb. The articles in the second part examine the relationship
between the semantics of number and the semantics of aspect. The
contributions in the third part concentrate on non-definite numerical noun
phrases by addressing a range of fundamental questions such as: the
semantics of indefinite time-phrases, numericals in classifier- and
non-classifier languages, scope interactions, the at least- and
exactly-readings, referential properties of numericals. The volume will be
welcomed by linguists interested in the semantics of number in non-definite

Table of contents

Svetlana Vogeleer and Liliane Tasmowski 1–32
Part I. Non-definiteness, Plurality, and Incorporation
The meaningful bounds of incorporation
Greg N. Carlson 35–50
Bare nouns, number and types of incorporation
Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin, Tonia Bleam and M. Teresa Espinal 51–79
The unmarked determiner
Donka F. Farkas 81–105
Bare objects in Korean: (Pseudo-)incorporation and (in)definiteness
Song-Nim Kwon and Anne Zribi-Hertz 107–132
Bare plurals in object position: Which verbs fail to give existential
readings, and why?
Sheila Glasbey 133–157
Part II. Alternatives to the Incorporation Approach: Relating
Non-Definiteness and Plurality to Aspect
Aspectual implications of the semantics of plural indefinites
Henriette de Swart 161–189
Indefinites, quantifiers and pluractionals: What scope effects tell us
about event pluralities
Brenda Laca 191–217
Generic sentences and bare plurals
Jacqueline Guéron 219–234
Part III. Numerical Non-definites
Indefinite time phrases, in situ scope, and dual-perspective intensionality
Fred Landman 237–266
Identity of the domain of quantification for numerals
Mana Kobuchi-Philip 267–290
Scope shift with numeral indefinites: Syntax or processing?
Tanya Reinhart 291–310
Take 'five': The meaning and use of a number word
Bart Geurts 311–329
The semantics of paranumerals
Francis Corblin 331–353
Index 355–358

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027233594
ISBN-13: 9789027233592
Pages: 358
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