Scope-related cumulativity asymmetries and cumulative composition

Nina Haslinger, Viola Schmitt

Abstract


Some elements in German and English, e.g. every DPs, give rise to cumulativity asymmetries: They allow for cumulative readings only if they occur in the scope of another semantically plural expression. We present a surface-compositional and event-less analysis of this pattern, expanding Schmitt's (2017) 'plural projection' framework. In this system, any constituent containing a semantically plural subexpression denotes a set of (possibly higher-type) pluralities. Cumulativity is built into the rules implementing this 'projection' of semantic plurality.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3765/salt.v28i0.4404

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