The influence of tense in adverbial quantification

  • We argue that there is a crucial difference between determiner and adverbial quantification. Following Herburger [2000] and von Fintel [1994], we assume that determiner quantifiers quantify over individuals and adverbial quantifiers over eventualities. While it is usually assumed that the semantics of sentences with determiner quantifiers and those with adverbial quantifiers basically come out the same, we will show by way of new data that quantification over events is more restricted than quantification over individuals. This is because eventualities in contrast to individuals have to be located in time which is done using contextual information according to a pragmatic resolution strategy. If the contextual information and the tense information given in the respective sentence contradict each other, the sentence is uninterpretable. We conclude that this is the reason why in these cases adverbial quantification, i.e. quantification over eventualities, is impossible whereas quantification over individuals is fine.

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Author:Cornelia EndrissGND, Stefan HinterwimmerORCiDGND
Parent Title (German):Interdisciplinary studies on information structure / Ishihara, S., M. Schmitz and A. Schwarz (eds.) ; Working Papers of the SFB 632, Interdisciplinary studies on information structure ; Vol. 1
Place of publication:Potsdam
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of Completion:2008
Year of first Publication:2004
Publishing Institution:Universit├Ątsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2008/11/06
Tag:adverbial quantification; covert variables; domain restriction; quantificational variability
Page Number:30
First Page:121
Last Page:150
Source:Working Papers of the SFB 632, Interdisciplinary Studies on Information Structure (ISIS), 1 , 2004, S. 121-150 ;
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 40 Sprache / 400 Sprache
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht