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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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Title: «Deux-trois mots» sur les déterminants de petite quantité: pluriel continu et perception sémantique
Author: Philippe Gréa
Institution: Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense
Linguistic Field: Semantics
Subject Language: French
Abstract: 'Les indéfinis quelques et plusieurs se distinguent par un mode de sommation très différent. Quelques N ne dénote pas une véritable pluralité d’éléments mais une entité collective. On observe un phénomène identique avec les juxtapositions de numéraux, les disjonctions de numéraux et certains numéraux simples.
Dans un premier temps, nous explorons un premier type d'explication fondé sur les concepts de quantification vague et d'approximation. Nous concluons que ces concepts ne sont pas satisfaisants.
Nous présentons alors une alternative fondée sur la transposition, dans le domaine sémantique, d'une notion centrale de la Gestalttheorie: l'opposition entre constituant et élément.


This article appears in Journal of French Language Studies Vol. 23, Issue 2, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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