A Semantics for Groups and Events

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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
Number of pages154
ISBN (Electronic)9781315533933
ISBN (Print)9781138690905, 9781138691797
StatePublished - 1990

Publication series

NameRoutledge Library Editions: Semantics and Semiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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