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Wed Jul 18 2012

Books: Quantification in Jamaican Creole: Kennedy

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Date: 18-Jul-2012
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Subject: Quantification in Jamaican Creole: Kennedy
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Title: Quantification in Jamaican Creole Subtitle: The syntax and semantics of evri (‘every’) in interaction with indefinites Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Pidgin and Creole Linguistics 11 Published: 2.012E+003 Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Author: Michele Marie Kennedy Paperback: ISBN: 9783862883356 Pages: 168 Price: Europe EURO 56.80

In this work, it is shown that existing scopal accounts of the interpretative possibilities associated with quantificational interaction do not explain the empirical facts in Jamaican Creole (JC), as revealed by original fieldwork conducted by the author. Moreover, it is shown that the JC universal evri and the indefinites wan and som, the forms on which the study focuses, do not display the same behaviour as their English counterparts 'every', 'a(n)' and 'some'.

It is proposed that the key to a unified solution for these phenomena lies in the expression of number in JC with the possibilities which event structure makes available. It is argued that an articulated functional structure above the NP houses the functions associated with the individuation of nouns and with number specification. These functions which derive the different interpretations of JC evri in interaction with indefinites, are not specific or restricted to this purpose, but are shown to be necessary for any plural individual interpretation, and to apply also to the analysis of numeral NPs.

The proposed analysis means that there is no need to call on movement operations to account for the JC data. Instead, the interpretations are derived from the phrase structure and from event structure.

KEYWORDS: Quantificational interaction; scope; individuation; number specification; event structure

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics                             Linguistic Theories                             Morphology                             Pidgin and Creole Languages                             Semantics                             Syntax
Subject Language(s): Creole English, Jamaican (jam)
Written In: English (eng)

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