New PDF release: Partiality, Truth and Persistence

By Tore Langholm

ISBN-10: 0937073350

ISBN-13: 9780937073353

Regardless of many purposes, a few mathematically interesting questions linked to the idea that of semantical partiality have bought basically very restricted awareness. This quantity is a examine in spatial version thought, the speculation of partly outlined types.

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Heim (1982) proposes to equate the meaning of an expression with its context-change potential, especially its potential to serve as an antecedent for anaphoric expressions. She also proposes however that a dragon is not a quantifier, but an open proposition (one with a free variable). Groenendijk and Stokhof adopt the first, fundamental innovation, but explore the possibility to maintain that indefinites denote quantifiers. 3 Scope and constituent structure 25 the following simplification of the theory will suffice.

It is not possible for every boy to make the team’ (28) No player needs a partner. e. this game can be played alone’ Lechner’s analysis has the following LF ingredients: (a) the split of not every boy and no player into not . . every boy and not . . a player, (b) head movement of the explicit quantifiers can and need, binding first-order world arguments, and (c) short reconstruction of every boy and a player that does not violate the known constraints. It is not easy to replicate scope interaction between the subject and an intensional raising verb when the subject is not an indefinite.

8) is the classical example. The HI reading entails the existence of a unicorn; the LO reading does not:19 (8) A unicorn seems to be approaching. HI ‘There is a particular unicorn and it seems it is approaching’ LO ‘It seems that a unicorn is approaching’ (9) exemplifies a HI/LO ambiguity reminiscent of (8). The two readings are logically independent. The HI reading is true in the little model described in the “HI scenario” in (10) and false in the “LO scenario”; conversely for the LO reading. The presence of a pertinent temporal adjunct facilitates the LO reading.

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