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Incorporation, plurality, and the incorporation of plurals: a dynamic approach

By D.F. Farkas and Henriëtte de Swart


Prefinal version. \ud This paper deals with the semantic properties of incorporated nominals that are\ud present at clausal syntax. Such nominals exhibit a complex cluster of semantic\ud properties, ranging from argument structure, scope, and number to discourse\ud transparency. We develop an analysis of incorporation in the framework of Discourse\ud Representation Theory, a dynamic theory that can connect sentence-level and\ud discourse-level semantics. We concentrate on data from Hungarian, where\ud incorporated nominals may be either morphologically singular or plural. We set out to\ud capture two sets of contrasts: (i) those we find when comparing incorporated nominals\ud on the one hand and their non-incorporated, full-fledged argument sisters on the other,\ud and (ii) those we find when comparing morphologically singular and morphologically\ud plural incorporated nominals. A more elaborate version of the analysis can be found\ud in Farkas and de Swart (2003)

Topics: Letteren, semantics, nominals, incorporation, scope, plural, discourse
Year: 2004
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