David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Semantics 29 (4):445-486 (2012)
Among the semantic types that nouns can take on, functional types are the smallest class, and functional nouns are probably not a linguistically distinct subcategory, pace Löbner (1985). But there are some interesting constructions specific to functional nouns, of which we discuss three, devoting most attention to the third. The three are (i) parameter-headed NPs as modifiers in English, as in a dress that length (Partee 1986), (ii) a construction in Russian known as Genitive with Obligatory Third Term (Borschev & Knorina 1990), similar to English person of medium height, *person of height and (iii) Russian Genitive of Measure construction(s), illustrated by stakan moloka ‘glass of milk’, involving a quantity of substance contained in a container. We describe a series of meaning-shifts that lead from the concrete container-noun to its use as a pure (functional) measure term. The main theoretical concerns here are these meaning shifts and the question of how many distinct senses need to be recognized. We close with some observations on the relation between linguistic and non-linguistic aspects of the natural-language metaphysics of containers
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
T. Ionin & O. Matushansky (2006). The Composition of Complex Cardinals. Journal of Semantics 23 (4):315-360.
Sebastian Löbner (1985). Definites. Journal of Semantics 4 (4):279-326.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Ash Asudeh (2005). Relational Nouns, Pronouns, and Resumption. Linguistics and Philosophy 28 (4):375 - 446.
A. H. Louie (2013). Explications of Functional Entailment in Relational Pathophysiology. Axiomathes 23 (1):81-107.
Henry Laycock (2005). 'Mass Nouns, Count Nouns and Non-Count Nouns'. In Alex Barber (ed.), Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics. Elsevier.
Chongli Zou & Nianxi Xia (2008). A Formal Treatment of the Causative Constructions in Chinese. Frontiers of Philosophy in China 3 (2):307-316.
Márta Ujvári (2013). Individual Essence: Gibt Es Solche? [REVIEW] Metaphysica 14 (1):17-30.
Wolfgang Burr (2002). Concepts and Aims of Functional Interpretations: Towards a Functional Interpretation of Constructive Set Theory. Synthese 133 (1-2):257 - 274.
Zou Chongli & Xia Nianxi (2008). A Formal Treatment of the Causative Constructions in Chinese. Frontiers of Philosophy in China 3 (2):307 - 316.
Roger Schwarzschild, Stubborn Distributivity, Multiparticipant Nouns and the Count/Mass Distinction.
Jeffrey C. King (2001). Remarks on the Syntax and Semantics of Day Designators. Noûs 35 (s15):291 - 333.
Nino Cocchiarella (2009). Mass Nouns in a Logic of Classes as Many. Journal of Philosophical Logic 38 (3):343 - 361.
Sławomir Mazurek (2010). The Individual and Nothingness (Stavrogin: A Russian Interpretation). Studies in East European Thought 62 (1):41 - 54.
Paul Teller (1986). Relational Holism and Quantum Mechanics. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 37 (1):71-81.
Added to index2012-04-04
Total downloads9 ( #168,643 of 1,140,266 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #86,093 of 1,140,266 )
How can I increase my downloads?