© 2012

Handbook of Quantifiers in Natural Language

  • Edward L. Keenan
  • Denis Paperno

Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 90)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Edward L. Keenan
    Pages 1-20
  3. Liudmila Nikolaeva
    Pages 21-82
  4. Urtzi Etxeberria
    Pages 83-164
  5. Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein
    Pages 165-225
  6. Gregory M. Kobele, Malte Zimmermann
    Pages 227-283
  7. Anastasia Giannakidou
    Pages 285-346
  8. Itamar Francez, Katja Goldring
    Pages 347-397
  9. Aniko Csirmaz, Anna Szabolcsi
    Pages 399-465
  10. Paola Crisma
    Pages 467-534
  11. J.-R. Hayashishita, Ayumi Ueyama
    Pages 535-612
  12. Rita Hanitramalala, Ileana Paul
    Pages 613-645
  13. Grace C.-H. Kuo, Kristine M. Yu
    Pages 647-698
  14. Marcus Smith
    Pages 699-727
  15. Denis Paperno
    Pages 729-779
  16. Ravi Ponamgi
    Pages 781-843
  17. Hrayr Khanjian
    Pages 845-890
  18. Khady Tamba, Harold Torrence, Malte Zimmermann
    Pages 891-939
  19. Edward L. Keenan, Denis Paperno
    Pages 941-949
  20. Back Matter
    Pages 951-970

About this book


Covering a strikingly diverse range of languages from 12 linguistic families, this handbook is based on responses to a questionnaire constructed by the editors. Focusing on the formation, distribution and semantic interpretation of quantificational expressions, the book explores 17 languages including German, Italian, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Malagasy, Hebrew, Pima, Basque, and more. The language data sets enable detailed crosslinguistic comparison of numerous features. These include semantic classes of quantifiers (generalized existential, generalized universal, proportional, partitive), syntactically complex quantifiers (intensive modification, Boolean compounding, exception phrases) and several others such as quantifier scope ambiguities, quantifier float, and binary quantifiers. Its theory-independent content extends earlier work by Matthewson (2008) and Bach et al. (1995), making this handbook suitable for linguists, semanticians, philosophers of language and logicians alike.


Adjectives Adverbial quantifiers Determiners Distributive numerals Expressible quantifiers Generative grammar Lexical nouns Morphosyntactic Nominal quantifiers Numeral classifiers Preverb

Editors and affiliations

  • Edward L. Keenan
    • 1
  • Denis Paperno
    • 2
  1. 1., Dept. of LinguisticsUCLALos AngelesUSA
  2. 2., Dept. of LinguisticsUCLALos AngelesUSA

About the editors

Edward L. Keenan is Distinguished Professor of linguistics at theUniversity 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 co-authored two books:  Boolean Semantics for Natural Language (1985), with Leonard Faltz, and Bare Grammar: Lectures on Linguistic Invariants, with Edward P. Stabler (2003).


Denis Paperno is a graduate of the Moscow State University andcurrently a PhD candidate at the University of California at Los Angeles.  He has done fieldwork in the Komi Republic, the Udmurt Republic, the Caucasus, and W. Africa and has written a grammar of Beng  (Mande; Côte d'Ivoire) (in Russian).  In addition to African linguistics he has published in semantics and syntactic typology.


Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Handbook of Quantifiers in Natural Language
  • Editors Edward Keenan
    Denis Paperno
  • Series Title Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-007-2680-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-024-0582-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-007-2681-9
  • Series ISSN 0924-4662
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 970
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Semantics
    Philosophy of Language
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