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Plurality, Conjunction and Events


Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 55)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Collective and Distributive Readings: History and Range of Possible Analyses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-3
    2. Peter Lasersohn
      Pages 4-11
    3. Peter Lasersohn
      Pages 12-25
    4. Peter Lasersohn
      Pages 26-32
    5. Peter Lasersohn
      Pages 33-54
    6. Peter Lasersohn
      Pages 55-68
    7. Peter Lasersohn
      Pages 69-80
    8. Peter Lasersohn
      Pages 81-127
    9. Peter Lasersohn
      Pages 128-144
    10. Peter Lasersohn
      Pages 145-168
    11. Peter Lasersohn
      Pages 169-178
  3. Events in the Semantics of Plurality and Conjunction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-181
    2. Peter Lasersohn
      Pages 182-217
    3. Peter Lasersohn
      Pages 218-237
    4. Peter Lasersohn
      Pages 238-266
    5. Peter Lasersohn
      Pages 267-286
  4. Conclusion

    1. Peter Lasersohn
      Pages 287-289
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 290-307

About this book


Plurality, Conjunction and Events presents a novel theory of plural and conjoined phrases, in an event-based semantic framework. It begins by reviewing options for treating the alternation between `collective' and `distributive' readings of sentences containing plural or conjoined noun phrases, including analyses from both the modern and the premodern literature. It is argued that plural and conjoined noun phrases are unambiguously group-denoting, and that the collective/distributive distinction therefore must be located in the predicates with which these noun phrases combine. More specifically, predicates must have a hidden argument place for events; the collective/distributive distinction may then be represented in the part/whole structure of these events. This allows a natural treatment of `collectivizing' adverbial expressions, and of `pluractional' affixes; it also allows a unified semantics for conjunction, in which conjoined sentences and predicates denote groups of events, much like conjoined noun phrases denote groups of individuals.


Adverbial argue semantic semantics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsUniversity of RochesterUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Plurality, Conjunction and Events
  • Authors P. Lasersohn
  • Series Title Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-3238-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-4494-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-015-8581-1
  • Series ISSN 0924-4662
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 308
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Semantics
    Theoretical Linguistics
    Philosophy of Language
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