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Generic and Existential Readings of Bare Plurals, and Contextual Factors

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Authors
Yoon, YoungEun
Issue Date
2005
Publisher
서울대학교 언어교육원
Citation
어학연구, Vol.41 No.2, pp. 275-303
Keywords
bare pluralsgeneric/existential readingindividual/stagelevel predicatestopic/focus structurecurrent situation satisfactionsloppy readingcontext and world knowledgedomain narrowing
Abstract
Cohen and Erteschik-Shir (2002) propose that topic/focus structure determines the generic and existential interpretations of bare plurals. They propose that topic bare plurals are interpreted generically, whereas focused bare plurals are interpreted existentially. They further propose that individual/stage-level predicate distinction plus other predicate type distinctions, argument/adjunct distinction, and presuppositionallnon-presuppositional verb distinction play a role in determining the topic/focus structure of a sentence. If we delve into the data more closely, however, it is revealed that these proposed determining factors do not apply across the board. In this context, one purpose Df this paper is to point out some problems of Cohen and Erteschik-Shir's account on bare plural interpretation. The other purpose is to present a new comprehensive approach, based on notions such as "current situation satisfaction," "sloppy reading," and "context and world knowledge," which cause the process of domain narrowing of quantification.
ISSN
0254-4474
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/86353
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Language Education Institute (언어교육원)Language Research (어학연구)Language Research (어학연구) Volume 41 Number 1/4 (2005)
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