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DATE

2012

AUTHORS

Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin , Claire Beyssade

ABSTRACT

This chapter is dedicated to the analysis of existential sentences of the type There is in English or Il y a in French. We point out some problems for McNally’s (Linguistics and Philosophy 31:353–392, 1998) proposal according to which existential sentences select property-denoting arguments. Basing our analysis on French, we propose to distinguish three types of existential sentences, depending on their coda: locative existentials, eventive existentials and enumerative existentials. We show that these three constructions all obey Heim’s (Where does the definiteness restriction apply? Evidence from the definiteness of variables. In: Reuland E, ter Meulen A (eds) The representation of (in)definiteness. MIT Press, Cambridge, 21–42,1987) constraint, according to which existential sentences are incompatible with individual variables in argument positions. And we provide new evidence for Heim’s constraint by examining existential sentences built with quantificational and existential sentences inside relatives. More... »

PAGES

95-126

References to SciGraph publications

  • 1977-01. A unified analysis of the English bare plural in LINGUISTICS AND PHILOSOPHY
  • 1998-08. Existential Sentences without Existential Quantification in LINGUISTICS AND PHILOSOPHY
  • 1995. On Quantifier Strength and Partitive Noun Phrases in QUANTIFICATION IN NATURAL LANGUAGES
  • Book

    TITLE

    Redefining Indefinites

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    978-94-007-3001-4
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