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Majority Quantification and Quantity Superlatives

A Crosslinguistic Analysis of Most

Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin and Ion Giurgea

March 2021

ISBN: 9780198791256

304 pages
Paperback
234x156mm

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Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics

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This book investigates the syntax and semantics of proportional most and other majority quantifiers across a wide range of languages. The findings have implications for the study of a variety of crucial issues in linguistic theory, including number marking, partitivity, kind reference, and (in)definiteness marking.

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This book investigates the syntax and semantics of proportional most and other majority quantifiers across a wide range of languages. The findings have implications for the study of a variety of crucial issues in linguistic theory, including number marking, partitivity, kind reference, and (in)definiteness marking.

  • Provides a large-scale crosslinguistic analysis of the syntax and semantics of proportional most
  • Demonstrates the existence of several distinct distributional types of most
  • Lays out new arguments in favour of a quantificational analysis and against a superlative-based analysis
  • Raises new questions for the study of number marking, partitivity, kind reference, and (in)definiteness marking

About the Author(s)

Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin, Emeritus CNRS Researcher, Laboratoire de linguistique formelle, Université de Paris, and Ion Giurgea, Senior Researcher, 'Iorgu Iordan - Al. Rosetti' Institute of Linguistics, Bucharest

Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin is an Emeritus CNRS Researcher at the Laboratoire de Linguistique Formelle, Université de Paris. Her research interests include quantification and plurals, Romanian syntax and semantics, and functional categories in non-finite structures. She has led several joint research projects between the CNRS and the Institute of Linguistics of the Romanian Academy.

Ion Giurgea is a Senior Researcher at the 'Iorgu Iordan - Al. Rosetti' Institute of Linguistics in Bucharest. His main areas of research include the syntax and semantics of noun phrases, comparative Romance clausal syntax, information structure, the diachronic syntax of Romanian, and Romanian etymology. He is one of the coordinators of the new Etymological Dictionary of Romanian, a project run by the Romanian Academy.

Table of Contents

    #c General preface
    Acknowledgements
    List of abbreviations
    1:Introduction
    2:Distributive most
    3:Cumulative most
    4:most in partitives
    5:Majority quantifiers based on nouns: the largest part, the majority
    6:Conclusions
    References
    Index