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By Peter Lasersohn

ISBN-10: 1138690902

ISBN-13: 9781138690905

First released in 1990, this dissertation provides an event-based model-theoretic semantics for plural expressions in English. the writer defends opposed to counterarguments the speculation that distributive predicates are predicates of teams, and never simply members. by means of defining the collective/distributive contrast by way of occasion constitution, he solves formal issues of prior group-level analyses. the writer notes that definite adverbials have a scientific ambiguity among a interpreting indicating collective motion, and readings indicating spatial or temporal proximity; the event-based definition of collective motion makes attainable a parallel remedy of those readings. This booklet offers a proper concept at the algebraic constitution of teams and occasions, and a semantically established research of quantity agreement.

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