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Abstract Objects and the Semantics of Natural Language$
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Friederike Moltmann

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199608744

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608744.001.0001

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The Semantics of Special Quantifiers in Predicate Position

The Semantics of Special Quantifiers in Predicate Position

(p.95) 3 The Semantics of Special Quantifiers in Predicate Position
Abstract Objects and the Semantics of Natural Language

Friederike Moltmann

Oxford University Press

English contains “special” quantifiers that can take the position of various sorts of non-referential complements, namely quantifiers like something, everything, or several things. This chapter focuses on the semantics of special quantifiers in the position of predicatives. It argues that special quantifiers in such positions are neither substitutional nor do they quantify over abstract meanings. Rather they are nominalizing quantifiers ranging over the sorts of things the nominalization of a predicate would stand for, namely tropes or kinds of tropes. The chapter will also give an analysis of special noun phrases such as that size.

Keywords:   predicates, quantification, second-order logic, type theory, tropes, nominalizations

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