- Indefinites in Comparatives
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The goal of this paper is to explain the meaning and distribution of indefinites in comparatives, focusing on the case of English 'some' and 'any' and German 'irgend'-indefinites. We combine three competing theories of comparatives with an alternative semantics of 'some' and 'any', and a novel account of stressed 'irgend'-indefinites. One of the resulting theories, based on Heim's (2006) analysis of comparatives, predicts all the relevant differences in quantificational force, and explains why free choice indefinites are licensed in comparatives.
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- Proceedings title: Proceedings of the 21st Semantics and Linguistic Theory Conference, held at Rutgers University in New Brunswick,
New Jersey, May 20-May 22, 2011
Publisher: Linguistic Society of America
Editors: N. Ashton, A. Chereches, D. Lutz
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