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Title: Cumulative readings of every do not provide evidence for events and thematic roles
Authors: Champollion, Lucas
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Citation: Champollion, Lucas (2010). Cumulative readings of every do not provide evidence for events and thematic roles. In: M. Aloni, H. Bastiaanse, T. de Jager, and K. Schulz, editors, Logic, Language and Meaning, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 213-222. Springer Berlin / Heidelberg, 2010 (Proceedings of the 17th Amsterdam Colloquium, December 16-18, 2009).
Abstract: An argument by Kratzer (2000) based on Schein (1986, 1993) does not conclusively show that events and thematic roles are necessary ingredients of the logical representation of natural language sentences. The argument claims that cumulative readings of every can be represented only with these ingredients. But scope-splitting accounts make it possible to represent cumulative readings of every in an eventless framework. Such accounts are motivated by obligatory reconstruction effects of every and by crosslinguistic considerations. Kratzer proposes that agent but not theme occurs in the logical representation of sentences because this allows her to model subject-object asymmetries in the distribution of cumulative every. But the reason for these asymmetries seems to be that every must be c-commanded by another quantifier in order to cumulate with it, no matter what its thematic role is. So the distribution of cumulative every does not provide support for Kratzer’s proposal.
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-14287-1_22
http://hdl.handle.net/2451/31841
ISBN: 978-3-642-14286-4
978-3-642-14287-1
ISSN: 0302-9743
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