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Lingua: Inglese
Pubblicazione: 12/2012

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This book provides an up-to-date introduction to the study of generics and pursues the enterprise of the influential Generic Book edited by Gregory Carlson and Jeffry Pelletier, which was published in 1995. Genericity is a key notion in the study of human cognition as it reveals our capacity to organize our perceived reality into classes and to describe regularities. The generic can be expressed at the level of a word or phrase (ie the potato in The Irish economy became dependent upon the potato) or an entire sentence (eg in John smokes a cigar after dinner, the generic aspect is a property of the expression, rather than any single word or phrase within it). This book gathers new work from senior and young researchers to reconsider the notion of genericity, examining the distinct contributions made by the determiner phrase (eg the notions of kind/individual) and the verbal predicate (eg the notions of permanency, disposition, ability, habituality, and plurality). Finally, in connection with the whole sentence, the analytic/synthetic distinction is discussed as well as the notion of normality. The book will appeal to both students and scholars in linguistics, philosophy and cognitive science


1 - Introduction
2 - Generic Plural and Mass Indefinites
3 - The Scope of Bare Nominals
4 - Free Relatives as Kind Denoting Terms
5 - Two Ways of 'Referring to Generalities' in German
6 - Hab and Gen in the Expression of Habituality
7 - Bare Habituals and Singular Indefinites
8 - Imperfectivity and Habituality in Italian
9 - Ability, Action, and Causation: From pure abilty to force
10 - On Dispositional Sentences
11 - On the Distinction between Abstract States, Concrete States, and Tropes
12 - More Truths About Generic Truth
13 - No Quantification Without Reinterpretation
14 - The Roots of Genericity: Indefinite singulars vs definite plurals
15 - Definitional Generics
16 - Dutchman are Good Sailors: Generics and gradability


Alda Mari is a CNRS researcher at the Jean Nicod Institute in Paris. She studied Latin, Greek, Sanskrit and linguistics and obtained a PhD at the EHESS in formal semantics. Her first appointment as CNRS researcher was at the Ecole Normale Supérieure des Télécommunications in computational linguistics. She has been visiting professor at CUNY for one year. She is the author of two books on comitativity and modality. Her work in lexical and formal semantics focuses on reciprocals, generics, comitative expressions and past modals. Claire Beyssade is a CNRS researcher at the Jean Nicod Institute in Paris. She obtained a PhD in formal semantics in 1994 at the University of Caen. Her work focuses on the semantics of noun phrases, on the study of presuppositions, implicatures and other projected contents, and more recently on the semantics of intonation. She is also interested in modelisation of interpretation in terms of interaction, in formal but not denotational frameworks. She is the author of one book on the semantics of propositional attitudes and of two books, in collaboration with Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin, on indefinites. Fabio Del Prete received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Milan in 2006. He is currently a researcher in natural language semantics at the CNRS laboratory CLLE-ERSS in Toulouse, France. His research interests lie in the domains of temporal and modal expressions. He has recently worked on the interaction between temporal connectives and scalar approximative adverbs, on issues of modality underlying future tensed sentences, and on imperfective aspect in connection with habituality.

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Condizione: Nuovo
Collana: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics
Dimensioni: 233 x 23.5 x 169 mm Ø 698 gr
Formato: Brossura
Illustration Notes:Tables,
Pagine Arabe: 458

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