By Tabea Ihsane
This ebook examines argumental un-NPs and du/des-NPs in French: nominals with the indefinite article and with the so-called 'partitive article' respectively. the most target is to account for the various interpretations of those indefinites and to figure out how interpretation and constitution are similar. This learn therefore matters the syntax-semantics interface, with an emphasis at the composition of the left outer edge and the inflectional area of the indefinites pointed out. it really is learned within the framework of generative grammar and in a cartographic method. a vital concept recommend during this publication is that indefinites of alternative semantic forms are linked to varied left peripheries. The research additional means that the inflectional area of those indefinites may well include 3 discrete practical projections encoding the good points [count], [quantity] and [number]. apparently, those effects appear to expand to a range of naked nouns in Romance and Germanic languages.
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Below I concentrate on the Classifier Phrase and the Number Phrase as they belong to the part of structure I call inflectional domain, in contrast with the determiner head which has a discourse function and which is part of what I call the left periphery. A fundamental point of Borer’s work is that listemes are mass by default. To be counted, they need to be portioned out, divided into countable units via classifiers or plural/ singular functional elements. Put differently, it means that the definite and indefinite articles in English, which are singular, and the plural –s can assign range to the head of ClP, 〈e〉DIV.
To be counted, they need to be portioned out, divided into countable units via classifiers or plural/ singular functional elements. Put differently, it means that the definite and indefinite articles in English, which are singular, and the plural –s can assign range to the head of ClP, 〈e〉DIV. This means that the classifier head has the role of a divider. Crucially, Borer argues that plural is not a function from singulars to pluralities. This means that, in a language like English, plurality is a divisional function on mass, as the classifier system of Chinese is, and not a quantity specification or a number specification.
4 dealt with their structure in general terms, in the sense that I did not examine one kind of noun phrase in particular. In this section, I focus on indefinites and more specifically on their interpretative aspects. As (in)definiteness has been a central issue for linguists and philosophers at least since Russell’s (1905) treatment of definite descriptions and a much debated topic in semantic theories of noun phrases (Carlson 1977b; Barwise & Cooper 1981; Heim 1982; Partee 1986; Ludlow & Neale 1991…), it is impossible to provide a comprehensive overview of the literature.