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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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The Natural History of Scope

The Natural History of Scope

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Taking Scope

Mark Steedman

The MIT Press

A number of asymmetries exist between and among the scope-taking possibilities for universal and existential nominals in interaction with natural language syntax that make it difficult to capture quantifier-scope phenomena in terms of uniform operations over generalized quantifiers, such as “quantifying in,” “quantifier raising,” or type shifting rules. Quantifiers exhibit surface-compositional behavior with respect to distribution over natural language coordination. This chapter looks at additional cases of asymmetries between and among various kinds of universal and existential nominals, and also examines scope inversion of universals, wh-dependency, scope alternation, the scope of negation, pronouns, and anaphora.

Keywords:   existential nominals, natural language, quantifiers, quantifier-scope, wh-dependency, scope alternation, negation, pronouns, anaphora, scope inversion

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