Pluractional Distributivity and Dependence

Robert Henderson


This paper builds an account of a new scope puzzle that arises through the interaction of two lesser-studied constructions, dependent indefinites and verbal pluractionality. The result is a new account of dependent indefinites that correctly predicts their grammaticality with pluractionals by recognizing two ways of establishing the co- variation they require: (i) true distributive quantifiers, and (ii) pluractional operators that structure thematic dependencies. The core insight is that both routes, while compositionally different, lead to similar output structures, which is what dependent indefinites constrain. Along the way we produce the first detailed description and analysis of these phenomena in Kaqchikel (Mayan).


pluractionality; distributivity; indefinites

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