A Semantics for Groups and Events: Volume 2 (Routledge by Peter Lasersohn

By Peter Lasersohn

First released in 1990, this dissertation offers an event-based model-theoretic semantics for plural expressions in English. the writer defends opposed to counterarguments the speculation that distributive predicates are predicates of teams, and never simply contributors. through defining the collective/distributive contrast by way of occasion constitution, he solves formal issues of past group-level analyses. the writer notes that definite adverbials have a scientific ambiguity among a analyzing indicating collective motion, and readings indicating spatial or temporal proximity; the event-based definition of collective motion makes attainable a parallel therapy of those readings. This ebook provides a proper concept at the algebraic constitution of teams and occasions, and a semantically established research of quantity agreement.

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