A remark on collective quantification

We consider collective quantification in natural language. For many years the common strategy in formalizing collective quantification has been to define the meanings of collective determiners, quantifying over collections, using certain type-shifting operations. These type-shifting operations, i.e., lifts, define the collective interpretations of determiners systematically from the standard meanings of quantifiers. All the lifts considered in the literature turn out to be definable in second-order logic. We argue that second-order definable quantifiers are probably not expressive enough to formalize all collective quantification in natural language.
Keywords Collective quantification  Lindström quantifiers  Second-order generalized quantifiers  Type-shifting  Definability  Computational complexity
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DOI 10.1007/s10849-007-9055-0
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