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Description - A Semantics for Groups and Events by Peter Lasersohn

First published in 1990, this dissertation presents an event-based model-theoretic semantics for plural expressions in English. The author defends against counterarguments the hypothesis that distributive predicates are predicates of groups, and not just individuals. By defining the collective/distributive distinction in terms of event structure, he solves formal problems with previous group-level analyses. The author notes that certain adverbials have a systematic ambiguity between a reading indicating collective action, and readings indicating spatial or temporal proximity; the event-based definition of collective action makes possible a parallel treatment of these readings. This book presents a formal proposal on the algebraic structure of groups and events, and a semantically based analysis of number agreement.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781138691797
Format: Paperback / softback
(234mm x 156mm x 9mm)
Pages: 140
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 27-Feb-2018
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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