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Part of Research Surveys in Linguistics

  • Date Published: March 2011
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  • isbn: 9781139005449

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  • Quantification forms a significant aspect of cross-linguistic research into both sentence structure and meaning. This book surveys research in quantification starting with the foundational work in the 1970s. It paints a vivid picture of generalized quantifiers and Boolean semantics. It explains how the discovery of diverse scope behaviour in the 1990s transformed the view of quantification, and how the study of the internal composition of quantifiers has become central in recent years. It presents different approaches to the same problems, and links modern logic and formal semantics to advances in generative syntax. A unique feature of the book is that it systematically brings cross-linguistic data to bear on the theoretical issues, covering French, German, Dutch, Hungarian, Russian, Japanese, Telugu (Dravidian), and Shupamem (Grassfield Bantu) and points to formal semantic literature involving quantification in around thirty languages.

    • The most useful and rigorous overview of quantification to date
    • Brings together the results of both semantics and syntax, providing a genuinely comprehensive survey of the subject
    • Surveys a wide range of languages, including English, French, German, Russian, Hungarian, Japanese, Telugu (Dravidian), and Shupamem (Grassfield Bantu)
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    Reviews & endorsements

    “Extraordinary scholarship. A superb technical exposition, and an invaluable resource on the nature of quantification cross-linguistically.” --Christopher Potts, Stanford Linguistics

    “The discovery of a notation to represent reasoning with quantifiers was a Copernican moment in the history of logic. It led generations of scholars to seek some reflection of the quantifiers of the idealized notation in the vicissitudes of natural language. No one has done more to shake loose the simplifications and idealizations that have resulted than Anna Szabolcsi. Her long awaited volume is essential reading for any philosopher, logician, or linguist interested in the myriad ways in which natural languages express quantification.” --Jason Stanley, Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University

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    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781139005449
    • contains: 11 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: This item is not supplied by Cambridge University Press in your region. Please contact for availability.
  • Table of Contents

    1. What this book is about and how to use it
    2. Generalized quantifiers and their elements: operators and their scopes
    3. Generalized quantifiers in non-nominal domains
    4. Some empirically significant properties of quantifiers and determiners
    5. Potential challenges for generalized quantifiers
    6. Scope is not uniform and not a primitive
    7. Existential scope versus distributive scope
    8. Distributivity and scope
    9. Bare numeral indefinites
    10. Modified numerals
    11. Clause-internal scopal diversity
    12. Towards a compositional semantics of quantifier words.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Topics in Linguistics: issues in the syntax-semantics interface
    • Topics in Semantics
  • Author

    Anna Szabolcsi, New York University
    Anna Szabolcsi is a Professor in the Department of Linguistics at New York University.

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