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Semantics for Groups and Events (Hardcover) (Peter Lasersohn)

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First published in 1990, this dissertation presents an event-based model-theoretic semantics for plural expressions in English. The author defends against counterarguments the hypothesis that distributive predicates are predicates of groups, and not just individuals. By defining the collective/distributive distinction in terms of event structure, he solves formal problems with previous group-level analyses. The author notes that certain adverbials have a systematic ambiguity between a reading indicating collective action, and readings indicating spatial or temporal proximity; the event-based definition of collective action makes possible a parallel treatment of these readings. This book presents a formal proposal on the algebraic structure of groups and events, and a semantically based analysis of number agreement.

Number of Pages: 156
Genre: Language + Art + Disciplines
Series Title: Routledge Library Editions: Semantics and Semiology
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Peter Lasersohn
Language: English
Street Date: October 5, 2016
TCIN: 51638190
UPC: 9781138690905
Item Number (DPCI): 248-27-2023

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