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Overview

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

Abstract

The Overview lists generalizations we were able to infer from the 19 articles in the current volume, 16 in the first volume, plus one study of Finnish (Suihkonen 2007. On Quantification in Finnish. LINCOM Pub.) that was based on the same semantic categories as we used 24 such generalizations are given, some of which hold for all languages in the sample. The others hold of a majority, sometimes almost all. Authors however were encouraged to present their discussion of quantification in terms that were natural to the language under discussion, and as a consequence not all authors responded to every little query that was present in the questionnaire, nor do all the articles follow the same presentational format. A few of the generalizations were not at all anticipated by the editors and were almost accidentally mentioned in passing in the questionnaire. On the other hand several major topics were addressed by all authors. So we can say that all 36 languages in our sample have expressions of cardinal (hence intersective), co-cardinal (hence universal) and proportionality quantification.

Keywords

Semantic categories Quantification Language Cardinal Co-cardinal Typology 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.LORIA (UMR 7503), CNRSVandoeuvre-lès-NancyFrance

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