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Plural Predication$
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Thomas McKay

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199278145

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278145.001.0001

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A Formal Language with Non‐distributive Plurals: Preliminary Considerations

A Formal Language with Non‐distributive Plurals: Preliminary Considerations

(p.5) 1 A Formal Language with Non‐distributive Plurals: Preliminary Considerations
Plural Predication

Thomas J. McKay (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents some preliminary considerations in favour of taking non-distributive predication seriously, introduces key concepts, and indicates some of the issues that need to be worked out in order to have a successful treatment of non-distributive predication, plural quantification with a full range of quantifiers, and compound plural terms. It argues that although plural language is widely used and understood in ordinary discourse, further exploration of the notation and the semantics for such a language leads to some interesting insights and surprises.

Keywords:   non-distributive predication, plurals, plural language, plural quantification, notation, semantics

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