Existential generics

Linguistics and Philosophy 27 (2):137-168 (2004)
Abstract
While opinions on the semantic analysis of generics vary widely, most scholars agree that generics have a quasi-universal flavor. However, there are cases where generics receive what appears to be an existentialinterpretation. For example, B''s response is true, even though only theplatypus and the echidna lay eggs:(1) A: Birds lay eggs. B: Mammals lay eggs too.
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Ariel Cohen (2008). No Alternative to Alternatives. Journal of Semantics 26 (1):1-48.
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