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Quantification and Domain Restriction in Basque

Abstract : The main goal of this dissertation is to contribute to the understanding of the internal structure of Basque quantification in particular and natural language quantification in general within the framework of Generalized Quantifier Theory. The proposal put forward in it demonstrates that the standard analysis of Generalized Quantifiers is correct and that it can account for quantification in natural languages, pace alternative analyses that argue for a revision. Assuming that quantification in natural languages must always be contextually restricted and that quantificational domain restriction is always encoded syntactically, this dissertation proposes a novel compositional structure for Basque quantifiers where the quantifier internal definite determiner is taken to act as the overt quantificational domain restrictor. This proposal leads to a particular analysis of the Basque article: this element will be the definite determiner everywhere, but very flexible in its ability to “type shift”, which accounts for the various interpretations that the Basque definite determiner can get.
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Urtzi Etxeberria. Quantification and Domain Restriction in Basque. Semantics - Pragmatics. University of the Basque Country - Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, 2005. English. ⟨artxibo-00000053v3⟩

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