Existential Dependency: Holes, flaws and problems


  • Rachel Szekely Long Island University




This paper proposes that a relation, EXISTENTIAL DEPENDENCY, defines a
class of nouns and accounts for the infelicity of its members as subjects of locative
copular sentences and for related definiteness restrictions. This relation is distinguished
from others, such as (in)alienable possession, on conceptual and empirical grounds.


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