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Ways of Scope Taking is concerned with syntactic, semantic and computational aspects of scope. Its starting point is the well-known but often neglected fact that different types of quantifiers interact differently with each other and other operators. The theoretical examination of significant bodies of data, both old and novel, leads to two central claims. (1) Scope is a by-product of a set of distinct Logical Form processes; each quantifier participates in those that suit its particular features. (2) Scope interaction is further constrained by the semantics of the interacting operators. The arguments are developed using Minimalist syntax, Generalized Quantify theory, Discourse Representation Theory, and algebraic semantics.
The contributors (Beghelli, Ben-Shalom, Doetjes, Farkas, Gutiérrez Rexach, Honcoop, Stabler, Stowell, Szabolcsi and Zwarts) make tightly related theoretical assumptions and focus on related empirical phenomena, which include the direct and inverse scope of quantifiers, distributivity, negation, modal and intensional contexts, weak islands, event-related readings, interrogatives, wh/quantifier interactions, and Hungarian syntax. An introduction to the formal semantics background is provided.
Audience: Linguists, philosophers, computational and psycholinguists; advanced undergraduates, graduate students and researchers in these fields.
Synopsis
This work is concerned with syntactic, semantic and computational aspects of scope. Its starting point is the well-known but often neglected fact that different types of quantifiers interact differently with each other and other operators.
Synopsis
Ways of Scope Taking is concerned with syntactic, semantic and computational aspects of scope. Its starting point is the well-known but often neglected fact that different types of quantifiers interact differently with each other and other operators. The theoretical examination of significant bodies of data, both old and novel, leads to two central claims. (1) Scope is a by-product of a set of distinct Logical Form processes; each quantifier participates in those that suit its particular features. (2) Scope interaction is further constrained by the semantics of the interacting operators. The arguments are developed using Minimalist syntax, Generalized Quantify theory, Discourse Representation Theory, and algebraic semantics. The contributors (Beghelli, Ben-Shalom, Doetjes, Farkas, Gutiérrez Rexach, Honcoop, Stabler, Stowell, Szabolcsi and Zwarts) make tightly related theoretical assumptions and focus on related empirical phenomena, which include the direct and inverse scope of quantifiers, distributivity, negation, modal and intensional contexts, weak islands, event-related readings, interrogatives, wh/quantifier interactions, and Hungarian syntax. An introduction to the formal semantics background is provided. Audience: Linguists, philosophers, computational and psycholinguists; advanced undergraduates, graduate students and researchers in these fields.
Table of Contents
Preface. Introduction.
1. Background Notions in Lattice Theory and Generalized Quantifiers;
A. Szabolcsi. 2. Variation, Distributivity, and the Illusion of Branching;
F. Beghelli, et al. 3. Distributivity and Negation: The Syntax of Each and Every;
F. Beghelli, T. Stowell. 4. Strategies for Scope Taking;
A. Szabolcsi. 5. Computing Quantifier Scope;
E.P. Stabler. 6. Evaluation Indices and Scope;
D.F. Farkas. 7. Weak Islands and an Algebraic Semantics for Scope Taking;
A. Szabolcsi, F. Zwarts. 8. The Semantics of Event-Related Readings: A Case for Pair- Quantification;
J. Doetjes, M. Honcoop. 9. Quantifiers in Pair-List Readings;
A. Szabolcsi. 10. The Syntax of Distributivity and Pair-List Readings;
F. Beghelli. 11. Questions and Generalized Quantifiers;
J. Gutiérrez Rexach. Author Index. Subject Index.