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Author Nicolas, David
Source Hyper Articles en Ligne (HAL)
Content type Text
Publisher Palteam
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Keyword semantics ♦ non-singular ♦ singular term ♦ plural logic ♦ mass noun ♦ mereology ♦ shs ♦ Humanities and Social Sciences/Linguistics/domain_shs.langue.semantics ♦ Humanities and Social Sciences/Philosophy ♦ Humanities and Social Sciences/Linguistics
Abstract There are two main approaches to the semantics of mass nouns (cf. Bunt 1985, Pelletier & Schubert 1989). One uses sets as their semantic values, the other uses mereological sums. Both face difficult problems, notably with sentences like "The gold on the table weighs seven ounces" (Bunt 1985) and "The clay that made up those three bowls is identical with the clay that now makes up these two statues" (cf. Cartwright 1965). We propose a new theory able to solve these problems, in a framework different from predicate logic, called plural logic. Oursemantics is faithful to the intuition that, if there are eight pieces of silverware on a table, the speaker refers to eight things at once when he says: "The silverware that is on the table comes from Italy".
Part of series Proceedings of the th Amsterdam Colloquium
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Proceeding
Publisher Date 2007-01-01
Page Count 6
Starting Page 163
Ending Page 168