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The influence of tense in adverbial quantification

  • We argue that there is a crucial difference between determiner and adverbial quantification. Following Herburger [2000] and von Fintel [1994], we assume that determiner quantifiers quantify over individuals and adverbial quantifiers over eventualities. While it is usually assumed that the semantics of sentences with determiner quantifiers and those with adverbial quantifiers basically come out the same, we will show by way of new data that quantification over events is more restricted than quantification over individuals. This is because eventualities in contrast to individuals have to be located in time which is done using contextual information according to a pragmatic resolution strategy. If the contextual information and the tense information given in the respective sentence contradict each other, the sentence is uninterpretable. We conclude that this is the reason why in these cases adverbial quantification, i.e. quantification over eventualities, is impossible whereas quantification over individuals is fine.

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Author:Cornelia Endriss, Stefan Hinterwimmer
ISSN:1866-4725 (online)
ISSN:1614-4708 (print)
Parent Title (German):Interdisciplinary studies on information structure : ISIS ; working papers of the SFB 632
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2004
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2006/09/07
Tag:Adverbial Quantification; Covert Variables; Domain Restriction; Quantificational Variability
First Page:121
Last Page:151
Source:Interdisciplinary studies on information structure : ISIS ; working papers of the SFB 632. - Vol. 1
RVK - Regensburg Classification:ER 300
Organizational units:Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Linguistik / Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft
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Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 40 Sprache / 400 Sprache
Collections:Universität Potsdam / Schriftenreihen / Interdisciplinary studies on information structure : ISIS ; working papers of the SFB 632, ISSN 1866-4725 / ISIS (2004) 01
Licence (German):License LogoKeine Nutzungslizenz vergeben - es gilt das deutsche Urheberrecht
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Interdisciplinary studies on information structure : ISIS ; Working papers of the SFB 632. - Potsdam : Univ.-Verl., 2004. - (ISIS ; 1)
URN: urn:nbn:de:kobv:517-opus-8237

zugleich in Printform erschienen im Universitätsverlag Potsdam.