LP-1998-02: Type-shifting and Scrambled Definites

LP-1998-02: der Does, Jaap van and de Hoop, Helen (1998) Type-shifting and Scrambled Definites. [Report]

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In this article we argue that the difference between indefinites
and definites with respect to their syntactic behaviour, in particular
scrambling, follows from a difference in their semantics. In general,
definites can be viewed as a special type of indefinites: they are
restricted indefinites in all semantic types. This inherent restriction
of definites makes them insensitive to processes of semantic incorporation.
That is, merging an incorporating verb and a predicative definite is
equivalent to merging an ordinary type of transitive verb and an ordinary
type of definite. This will explain the phenomenon of optional scrambling
for definites. Predicative indefinites are dependent on the verb for their
interpretation, of which the adjacency requirement between the incorporating
verb and the predicative indefinite is only a syntactic reflex

Item Type: Report
Report Nr: LP-1998-02
Series Name: Logic, Philosophy and Linguistics (LP)
Year: 1998
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2016 14:40
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2016 14:40
URI: https://eprints.illc.uva.nl/id/eprint/1262

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