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Taking ScopeThe Natural Semantics of Quantifiers$
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Mark Steedman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262017077

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262017077.001.0001

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Coordination and Scope

Coordination and Scope

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Taking Scope

Mark Steedman

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The distinction between true universal generalized quantifiers and generalized Skolem terms accounts for the asymmetry in existential nominals. The fact that universals distribute over and, rather than over or, is simply a result of the standard generalized quantifier semantics for universal quantifier determiners. The reversed asymmetry for existential nominals also arises from the nonstandard generalized Skolem term semantics proposed in this chapter for existentials. The chapter discusses coordination and scope, shows how coordination sometimes forms set individuals from singular noun phrases, and also examines “branching quantifiers,” across-the-board (ATB) scope alternation, and parallelism and ATB scope taking.

Keywords:   quantifiers, asymmetry, existential nominals, coordination, scope, noun phrases, branching quantifiers, scope alternation, parallelism, scope taking

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