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By Friederike Moltmann

ISBN-10: 0199608741

ISBN-13: 9780199608744

Summary gadgets were a significant subject in philosophy due to the fact antiquity. Philosophers have defended a variety of perspectives approximately summary gadgets by way of beautiful to metaphysical concerns, issues relating to arithmetic or technological know-how, and, now not sometimes, intuitions approximately normal language. This booklet pursues the query of the way and no matter if typical language permits connection with summary items in an absolutely systematic manner. by way of making complete use of up to date linguistic semantics, it provides a miles higher diversity of linguistic generalizations than has formerly been considered in philosophical discussions, and it argues for an ontological photo is especially diversified from that mostly taken with no consideration by way of philosophers and semanticists alike. connection with summary items resembling houses, numbers, propositions, and levels is significantly extra marginal than quite often held. in its place, average language is very beneficiant in permitting connection with particularized homes (tropes), using nonreferential expressions in obvious referential place, and using "nominalizing expressions," akin to quantifiers like "something." connection with summary items is completed in general simply by means of 'reifying terms', equivalent to "the quantity eight."

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To fulfill these two semantic roles, such quantificational NPs should not only be assigned a scope but also a nominalization domain. The nominalization domain consists of the material in the sentence that forms the basis for the reification. The distinction between nominalization domain and scope will also be important for occurrences of special quantifiers in the place of predicates (Chapter 3). There are different ways of interpreting the nominalization domain. In the present case, the nominalization domain consists just of the trace in referential position left behind by the quantifier when moving to its scope position at Logical Form.

Formally, the extended meaning of an episodic predicate will be as in (46a) and the extended meaning of a characterizing predicate as in (46b), where ‘K’ is a variable for kinds, ‘I’ the symbol for the instantiation relation (relativized to a circumstance, for example a time-world pair), and ‘Gn’ the generic quantifier (as in Krifka et al. 1995): (46) a. For an episodic predicate P, [Pext] = ºi ºk[9d’(d’ Ii k & Pi(d’))]. b. For a characterizing predicate P, [Pext] = ºi ºk[Gn d’[d’ Ii k] Pi(d’)].

This would avoid reifying pluralities and modalized pluralities in particular. However, making use only of contextual divisions into subpluralities is not always possible. Just as in the case of plurals, there are contexts in which kinds (modalized pluralities) require reification since they are themselves the objects of counting in those contexts. Reification is required both for the count quantifier several kinds of apples and the count quantifiers various things, several things, and two things below: 40 A B S T R A C T O B J E C T S A N D T H E S E M A N T I C S O F N AT U R A L L A N G UA G E (95) a.

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