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Des prédicats non quantifiables : les prédicats holistes

Abstract : his article works out a semantic typology of predicates which is needed for the explanation of some strong linguistic data : 1) some predicates cannot combine with any quantifier (dubbed in the paper holist predicates, e.g. to be numerous) ; 2) the inferences from the satisfaction of a predicate by an individual to the satisfaction by its parts is a lexical matter. The paper discusses and extends previous work by Dowty (1987), Yoon (1996), and related works; its main focus is to connect this lexical typology of predicates to some known problems of classical theories of plurality for handling definite references.
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Francis Corblin. Des prédicats non quantifiables : les prédicats holistes. Langages, Armand Colin (Larousse jusqu'en 2003), 2008, 1 (169), pp.34-56. ⟨ijn_00540313⟩



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