Universal Quantification with Skolemization as Evidenced from Chinese and English (Studies in Linguistics & Semiotics S. No. 21)

Universal Quantification with Skolemization as Evidenced from Chinese and English (Studies in Linguistics & Semiotics S. No. 21)

By: Shi-Zhe Huang (author)Hardback

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This book is concerned with the formal definition of universal quantification. The central claim advanced here is that the formal definition of EVERY, which stands for any distributive universal quantifier, ought to incorporate a skolem function to capture the paired reading that for every x there is a y. We claim that this paired reading is present in all universal quantifier sentences. This definition of EVERY requires a variable in the scope of the universal quantifier word. This is so because the skolem function facilitates the paired reading by linking the choice of the value for y with the choice of the value for x. Under this view, securing a variable in the scope of a universal quantifier word becomes a make-or-break requirement of universal quantification. The issues dealt with in this book are highly theoretical and formal, but we approach them almost entirely from an empirical perspective, supporting the skolemized definition of EVERY with evidence drawn exclusively from natural language data, mostly from Chinese, but with some crucial data from English as well. This book makes a contribution to the study of universal quantification, scoping properties of indefinites in Chinese, semantic properties of the Chinese adverb dou and a number of conjunction and additive words, and event semantics. It also offers a novel way of explaining the interaction of dou with interrogative Wh-phrases.

About Author

Dr. Shi-Zhe Huang is C. V. Starr Professor of Asian Studies and Associate Professor of Chinese and Linguistics at Haverford College, Pennsylvania. She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests center on fonnal semantics, the syntax/semantics interface, and Chinese linguistics. Particular areas that she has worked on include quantification theory, indefinites and scope ambiguity in Chinese, event semantics, type-theoretic accounts of adjectives, nouns, and verbs, modification theory, and comparative syntax/semantics of Chinese and English.

Contents

Dedication Preface by Dr. Sybesma Acknowledgments 1. Introduction 2. EVERY with Skolemization: Every and Mei 3. Dou and Partial Order 4. Constraining the Event Variable Bibliography Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780773462403
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 173
  • ID: 9780773462403
  • ISBN10: 0773462406

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