The Grammar of French Quantification

  • Lena Baunaz

Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 83)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 251-260

About this book


This book is the first extensive study on French Quantification in the field of Syntax. It provides a typology of four main quantified noun phrases in French (existential, universal, negative and wh-), detailing their syntactic, semantic and prosodic behaviors and showing that they can be reduced to two classes—Split-DP structures or Floating quantification.

Relying on syntax and semantics, the book establishes a three-way structural typology of wh in-situ phrases and extends it to existentials. It pays special attention to the prosodic properties associated with their different readings and proposes an analysis of the distribution of subextraction and pied-piping. Similarly based on semantic and syntactic tests, the book reveals N(egative) words to be universal Quantifiers. It proposes a new structure of N-words in terms of constituent negation and includes a detailed analysis of the difference between not an N and not all the N in French.


Existential quantifiers Floating quantifiers French French quantified noun phrases N-words Non-canonical quantification construstions Noun restrictor Operator Prosodic behavior Semantics Sh-phrases Split-DPs Syntax Universal quantifiers Wh in-situ

Authors and affiliations

  • Lena Baunaz
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  1. 1., Department of LinguisticsUniversity of GeneveGeneveSwitzerland

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