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By Fritz Hamm, Erhard Hinrichs (auth.), Fritz Hamm, Erhard Hinrichs (eds.)

The papers during this quantity tackle crucial concerns within the research of Plurality and Quantification from 3 diversified views: • Algebraic techniques to Plurals and Quantification • Distributivity and Collectivity: Theoretical Foundations • Distributivity and Collectivity: Empirical Investigations Algebraic methods to the semantics of average languages have been in­ dependently brought for the examine of generalized quantification, pred­ ication, intensionality, mass phrases and plurality. the main favorite glossy suggest for an algebraic thought of plurality (and mass phrases) is unquestionably Godehard hyperlink. it truly is indicative of the Wirkungsgeschichte of Link's paintings that the majority of the contributions during this quantity take the common sense of plurals proposed via Godehard hyperlink (Link 1983, 1987) as their starting place or, no less than, as their element of reference. Link's personal paper during this quantity presents a concise precis of a number of the critical learn matters that experience engaged semanticists over the past decade. Link's paper additionally includes an in depth bibliography that offers an outstanding source for students drawn to the semantics of plurals. due to the fact we will refer readers to Link's paper for a superb survey of the subject material of this ebook, we are going to restrict our consciousness during this in­ troduction to summarizing the person contributions during this quantity. The booklet is geared up into 3 major sections; inside of every one part the papers are ordered alphabetically. notwithstanding, as in a lot of linguistic the­ orizing, there's an exception: for purposes mentioned above, Godehard Link's article seems as bankruptcy 1.

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Plurality and Quantification

The papers during this quantity handle critical matters within the learn of Plurality and Quantification from 3 various views: • Algebraic methods to Plurals and Quantification • Distributivity and Collectivity: Theoretical Foundations • Distributivity and Collectivity: Empirical Investigations Algebraic techniques to the semantics of common languages have been in­ dependently brought for the research of generalized quantification, pred­ ication, intensionality, mass phrases and plurality.

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If you are given a domain of first order individuals then pluralities of those individuals, conceived as mereological fusions, have the same ontological status as the individuals you start with. As (Lewis 1991, p. 81) says: "But given a prior commitment to cats, say, a commitment to cat-fusions is not a further commitment. " Now there are actually two different issues involved here: one concerns the set-theoretic vs algebraic approach, where there might not even be a real philosophical disagreement between the two camps subscribing TBN YEARS OF RESEARCH ON PLURALS 27 to those approaches; the linguists that stick to their set-theoretic representations typically show a "don't care" attitude towards philosophical issues like ontological commitment.

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