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Are Quantifier Phrases Always Quantificational? The Case of ‘Every F’

(Original title: Are Quantifier Phrases Always Quantificational? The Case of ‘Every F’)
Organon F, 2013, vol. 20, No 2, pp. 143-172.
Language: English
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Abstract

This paper argues that English quantifier phrases of the form ‘every F’ admit of a literal referential interpretation, contrary to the standard semantic account of this expression, according to which it denotes a set and a second-order relation. Various arguments are offered in favor of the referential interpretation, and two likely objections to it are forestalled.

Keywords

Determiners, Generalized Quantifier Theory, Gricean pragmatics, quantifiers, reference

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