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Vortrag von Hana Filip am Dienstag, 28.11.2017 (16:00 Uhr - GB 3/159)

Dienstag, 14. November 2017. Aus der Kategorie 'Vortragsreihe'.

Das Sprachwissenschaftliche Institut lädt herzlich ein zum Vortrag von

Hana Filip (Universität Düsseldorf)
in collaboration with Peter Sutton:

Singular count NPs in measure constructions.

There is a class of Ns that are grammatically count such as fence, wall, twig, that are non-quantized like bona fide singular count Ns (cat) but also not cumulative like mass Ns (mud, water). Furthermore, puzzlingly, many of these Ns are felicitous in pseudo-partitive, measure NPs: Thick woolen drapes of red and gold covered every inch of wall (COCA). We address this puzzle, which, to our knowledge, has so far not been noticed in contemporary mass/count debates in formal semantics. We argue that fence-like nouns admit of multiple individuation schemas which leads to overlap with respect to what counts as one in their denotations. As a result: (i) fence, like cat, but unlike mud is quantized at specific counting contexts (and so is grammatically count), (ii) fence, like mud, but unlike cat is non-quantized at the null counting context which make them felicitous in measure NPs.