Partial plurality inferences of plural pronouns and dynamic pragmatic enrichment

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https://doi.org/10.3765/xs4db950

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I explore the semantics/pragmatics of plural pronouns by discussing the partial plurality inference that arises under quantificational subordination. I propose an anti-presupposition account coupled with Sudo’s (2023) dynamic implicature approach to plurality inferences based on plural information states, i.e. sets of variable assignments (van den Berg 1996). I further discuss the implications of the proposed analysis to the locality of anti-presupposition calculation and difference between animate instances and inanimate instances of plural pronouns in English.

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2024-01-19

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