LINGUIST List 32.2461

Thu Jul 22 2021

Books: Countability in Natural Language: Filip (ed.)

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Date: 17-Jul-2021
From: Eleanor Hennerley <>
Subject: Countability in Natural Language: Filip (ed.)
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Title: Countability in Natural Language
Published: 2021
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Editor: Hana Filip
Hardback: ISBN: 9781107178663 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781107178663 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 85.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781107178663 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.20

This book focuses on current theoretical and empirical research into countability in the nominal domain, and to a lesser extent in the verbal domain. The presented state-of-the-art studies are situated within compositional semantics combined with the theory of mereology, and draw on a wealth of data, some of which have hitherto been unknown, from a number of typologically distinct languages. Some contributions propose enrichments of classical extensional mereology with topological and temporal notions as well as with type theory and probabilistic models. The book also presents analyses that rely on cutting-edge empirical research (experimental, corpus-based) into meaning in language. It is suitable as a point of departure for original research or material for seminars in semantics, philosophy of language, psycholinguistics and other fields of cognitive science. It is of interest not only to a semanticist, but also to anybody who wishes to gain insights into the contemporary research into countability.

1. Proportional Many/Much and Most Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin, and Ion Giurgea; 2 . Quantity Systems and the Count/Mass Distinction Jenny Doetjes; 3. Counting Aggregates, Groups and Kinds: Countability from the Perspective of a Morphologically Complex Language Scott Grimm, and Mojmír Dočekal; 4. Individuating Matter over Time Manfred Krifka; 5. Reduplication as Summation Charles Lam; 6. Iceberg Semantics for Count Nouns and Mass Nouns: How Mass Counts Fred Landman; 7. Indexical Inference: Counting and Measuring in Context Alice G.B. ter Meulen; 8. Counting and Measuring and Approximation Susan Rothstein; 9. The Count/Mass Distinction for Granular Nouns Peter R. Sutton, and Hana Filip; Index.

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Written In: English (eng)

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