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The Architecture of Determiners$
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Thomas Leu

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199945238

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945238.001.0001

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Definite Quantifiers

Definite Quantifiers

(p.88) 4 Definite Quantifiers
The Architecture of Determiners

Thomas Leu

Oxford University Press

Chapter 4 scrutinizes the distributive quantifiers jeder ‘every’ and beide ‘both’. The properties of jeder and beide are closely the ones expected given the proposals in Chapters 2 and 3, adding strong support to those proposals. Concretely, jeder has three overt morphemes, a quantificational closed class stem, an adjectival article, and strong adjectival inflection: je-d-er. The stem je originates low and moves to the left periphery, as quantifiers tend to do. A quick comparison with Romance and Slavic languages confirms the broader validity of the proposed derivation, and in particular the idea proposed in Chapter 3 that the adjectival article is really a sort of complementizer.

Keywords:   quantificational determiners, jeder, beide, function words as relative clauses, word-internal phrasal movement

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