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Transitive meanings for intransitive verbs

Abstract : In their chapter, Bourmayan and Recanati discuss the intransitive use of 'eat' and cognate verbs which take (on such uses) an indefinite implicit argument. Sometimes, Recanati pointed out in early work, the implicit argument of intransitive 'eat' seems definite ; there are also seemingly anaphoric and bound uses. How to account for them ? Recanati's early account invoked free enrichment, but Marti's negation test provides counter-examples to that account. Bourmayan and Recanati offer a new, situation-theoretic account, show that it can handle the negation data, and discuss the implications of the account for the Recanati-Stanley debate over for the semantics/pragmatics interface.
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François Recanati, Anouch Bourmayan. Transitive meanings for intransitive verbs. Laurence Goldstein. Brevity, Oxford University Press, pp.122-142, 2013. ⟨ijn_00926201⟩



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