Cumulative readings beyond nominals

Patrick D. Elliott, Andreea Cristina Nicolae

Abstract


In this paper, our aim is to investigate the limits of semantic plurality; we ask whether semantic plurality constrained by morphosyntactic plurality, and if so, how. In order to shed light on these questions, we focus on two empirical domains of in- quiry in which we find superficial mismatches between semantic and morphosyntactic plurality: (i) group nouns and agreement in British vs. English, and (ii) semantically plural embedded interrogatives. Based on our findings, we argue for a new, negative licensing condition on the insertion of the ∗ and ∗∗ operators.


Keywords


semantics; morphosyntax; questions; plurality; distributivity; cumulativity; number

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3765/plsa.v2i0.4065

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