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Title: Indefinite Articles and Beyond
Written By: Bert Le Bruyn
Series Title: LOT dissertation Series
Description:

This dissertation challenges the standard view on indefinite articles as
argument markers and determiners that block bare nominal arguments. It
argues for a more fine-grained view in which articles are poor in their
semantics but rich in their pragmatic competition with bare nominals and
other determiners.

On the basis of new data, both from synchrony and diachrony, historical
simulations and detailed analyses within formal semantics and pragmatics
(especially Optimality Theory) it shows how the merits of functionalism can
be exploited without giving up the formal precision of the generative approach
to linguistics. On the empirical side, it presents new analyses of Spanish
unos, French des, bare partitives and the use of Dutch een and English a in
predicate position.

This dissertation will be of interest to all those working on the semantics,
pragmatics and/or syntax of DPs, language evolution and/or the interaction
between semantics and pragmatics.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Semantics
Syntax
Subject Language(s): Dutch
English
French
Spanish
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9789460930225
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