A Semantics for Groups and Events

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Abstract

First published in 1990, this dissertation presents an event-based model-theoretic semantics for plural expressions in English. The author defends against counterarguments the hypothesis that distributive predicates are predicates of groups, and not just individuals. By defining the collective/distributive distinction in terms of event structure, he solves formal problems with previous group-level analyses. The author notes that certain adverbials have a systematic ambiguity between a reading indicating collective action, and readings indicating spatial or temporal proximity; the event-based definition of collective action makes possible a parallel treatment of these readings. This book presents a formal proposal on the algebraic structure of groups and events, and a semantically based analysis of number agreement.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge
Number of pages154
ISBN (Electronic)9781315533926
ISBN (Print)9780824017842, 9780815301530
DOIs
StatePublished - 1990

Publication series

NameRoutledge Library Editions: Semantics and Semiology
Volume8

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    Lasersohn, P. (1990). A Semantics for Groups and Events. (Routledge Library Editions: Semantics and Semiology; Vol. 8). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315533933