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Floating Quantification: French Universal Quantifiers

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

Abstract

Taking into account syntax, semantics and prosody, I elaborate a detailed characterization of Universal Quantifiers (∀Qs) in French. My description is restricted to tous les N ‘all the N’ and chacun des Ns ‘each of the N’, and I discuss their semantics (distributivity, collectivity, presupposition), prosody and syntax (both at the DP and sentential levels). I show that ∀Qs also display specificity and partitivity, but that contrary to wh-phrases and ∃Qs, this information is lexically encoded. One consequence is that they are clause-bound. Another related consequence is that they never display Split-DP structures. I claim that these Qs are complex DPs, composed of an operator, a restriction and a nuclear scope. I show that ∀Qs are best analyzed as adjoined to a maximal projection (Doeties, 1997, Quantifiers and Selection. On the Distriction of Quantifying Expressions in French, Dutch and English. Doctoral) dissertation, HIL, Leiden University; Fitzpatrick, 2006, Syntactic and Semantic Routes to Floating Quantification. Doctoral dissertation, MIT.

Keywords

Noun Phrase Wide Scope Event Argument Mass Noun Plural Pronoun 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsUniversity of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland

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