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Handbook of Quantifiers in Natural Language: Volume II

  • Denis Paperno
  • Edward L. Keenan
  • Offers an important expansion to the Handbook of Quantifiers in Natural Language by the same editors

  • Comparable information on semantic classes of quantifiers in diverse languages including American and Russian Sign Language

  • Presented in an accessible, theory independent format that allows for crosslinguistic comparison of numerous features


Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 97)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Edward L. Keenan
    Pages 1-20
  3. Natasha Abner, Ronnie B. Wilbur
    Pages 21-59
  4. Peppina Po-lun Lee
    Pages 61-111
  5. Pamela Munro
    Pages 113-201
  6. Valentin Vydrin
    Pages 203-280
  7. Katie Bicevskis, Henry Davis, Lisa Matthewson
    Pages 281-382
  8. Anoop Mahajan
    Pages 383-430
  9. Mark Donohue, Bhojraj Gautam
    Pages 431-451
  10. Pilar Chamorro Fernandez, Lindsey Antonini
    Pages 453-515
  11. Paul Law, Qinglian Zhao
    Pages 517-570
  12. Nicholas Evans
    Pages 571-607
  13. Hannah Sarvasy
    Pages 609-663
  14. Maziar Toosarvandani, Hayedeh Nasser
    Pages 665-696
  15. Kathleen Chase O’Flynn
    Pages 697-750
  16. Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein, Cansada Martin, Pamela Munro, Jos Tellings
    Pages 751-801
  17. Vadim Kimmelman
    Pages 803-855
  18. Deniz Özyıldız
    Pages 857-937
  19. Deborah J. M. Wong, Iara Mantenuto
    Pages 939-961
  20. Margit Bowler
    Pages 963-994

About this book


This work presents the structure, distribution and semantic interpretation of quantificational expressions in languages from diverse language families and typological profiles. The current volume pays special attention to underrepresented languages of different status and endangerment level. Languages covered include American and Russian Sign Languages, and sixteen spoken languages from Africa, Australia, Papua, the Americas, and different parts of Asia.  The articles respond to a questionnaire the editors constructed to enable detailed crosslinguistic comparison of numerous features. They offer comparable information on semantic classes of quantifiers (generalized existential, generalized universal, proportional, partitive), syntactically complex quantifiers (intensive modification, Boolean compounds, exception phrases, etc.), and several more specific issues such as quantifier scope ambiguities, floating quantifiers, and binary (type 2) quantifiers.  The book is intended for semanticists, logicians interested in quantification in natural language, and general linguists as articles are meant to be descriptive and theory independent.  The book continues and expands the coverage of the Handbook of Quantifiers in Natural Language (2012) by the same editors, and extends the earlier work in Matthewson (2008), Gil et al. (2013) and Bach et al (1995).


Binary quantifiers Boolean compounds Cross-linguistic comparison of quantifiers Exception phrases Existential/universal/proportional quantifiers Floating quantifiers Quantification in natural languages Quantificational expressions in languages Quantified possessors Quantifiers in American sign language Quantifiers in Bamana Quantifiers in Georgian Quantifiers in Russian sign language Semantic analysis of quantifiers Syntactically complex quantifiers

Editors and affiliations

  • Denis Paperno
    • 1
  • Edward L. Keenan
    • 2
  1. 1.LORIA (UMR 7503), CNRSVandoeuvre-lès-NancyFrance
  2. 2.Dept. of Linguistics 3125 Campbell HallUniversity of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

About the editors

Denis Paperno is a postdoctoral scholar in the Language, Interaction and Computation Laboratory at the University of Trento. He received his PhD in Linguistics from the University of California at Los Angeles in 2012 for a thesis on The Syntax and the Semantics of Non Standard Coordination. His interests include various areas of linguistics, including field linguistics, formal semantics, and computational linguistics. He has published a descriptive grammar of the Beng language (Mande; Côte d'Ivoire).

Edward L. Keenan is Distinguished Professor of linguistics at the University of California at Los Angeles. He received his PhD in Formal Linguistics from The University of Pennsylvania in 1969 for a thesis on A Presupposition Logic for Natural Language. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has published in numerous areas of linguistics, including syntactic typology, formal semantics, theoretical syntax, historical syntax, and Austronesian linguistics. He has coauthored two books: Boolean Semantics for Natural Language (1985), with Leonard Faltz, and Bare Grammar: Lectures on Linguistic Invariants, with Edward P. Stabler (2003). In 2015 he was awarded the S.-Y. Kuroda prize Mathematics of Language.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Handbook of Quantifiers in Natural Language: Volume II
  • Editors Denis Paperno
    Edward L. Keenan
  • Series Title Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy
  • Series Abbreviated Title Studies in Linguist., Phil.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-44328-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-83041-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-44330-0
  • Series ISSN 0924-4662
  • Series E-ISSN 2215-034X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 1010
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Semantics
    Philosophy of Language
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