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Books: Handbook of Quantifiers in Natural Language: Keenan, Paperno (Eds)

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Date: 01-Jun-2012
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Subject: Handbook of Quantifiers in Natural Language: Keenan, Paperno (Eds)
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Title: Handbook of Quantifiers in Natural Language Series Title: Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy Published: 2012 Publisher: Springer

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Editor: Edward L. Keenan Editor: Denis Paperno Hardback: ISBN: 9789400726802 Pages: 982 Price: Europe EURO 399.00

Covering a strikingly diverse range of languages from 12 linguistic families, thishandbook is based on responses to a questionnaire constructed by the editors.Focusing on the formation, distribution and semantic interpretation ofquantificational expressions, the book explores 17 languages including German,Italian, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Malagasy, Hebrew, Pima, Basque, andmore. The language data sets enable detailed crosslinguistic comparison ofnumerous features. These include semantic classes of quantifiers (generalizedexistential, generalized universal, proportional, partitive), syntactically complexquantifiers (intensive modification, Boolean compounding, exception phrases)and several others such as quantifier scope ambiguities, quantifier float, andbinary quantifiers. Its theory-independent content extends earlier work byMatthewson (2008) and Bach et al. (1995), making this handbook suitable forlinguists, semanticians, philosophers of language and logicians alike.

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics                             Syntax                             Typology
Subject Language(s): Basque (eus)                             Chinese, Mandarin (cmn)                             German (deu)                             Hebrew (heb)                             Italian (ita)                             Malagasy, Plateau (plt)                             Russian (rus)                             Tohono O'odham (ood)
Written In: English (eng)

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