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Unifying Noun Phrases

Stephen J Barker

in Renewing Meaning

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780199263660
Published online August 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601354 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199263663.003.0006
Unifying Noun Phrases

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I outline a unified treatment of descriptive noun phrases: definite, indefinite, universal noun phrases, quantitative phrases like most Fs, phrases featuring any, and noun phrases in the scope of adverbs of generality, like usually or invariably. The analysis does not utilise quantification theory, but is a speech-act analysis in which surface grammar is reflected in logical form.

Keywords: definite description; designative function; indefinite description; quantification; sentential determination; universal noun phrase; variable interpretation

Chapter.  12770 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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