37 found
Sort by:
See also:
Profile: Anna Szabolcsi (New York University)
  1. Anna Szabolcsi & Chris Barker, New Directions for Proof Theory in Linguistics.
  2. Anna Szabolcsi, Compositionality in Quantifier Words.
    This architecture is compatible with various different theories of locality and linearization.  The typological differences between polysynthetic and isolating languages do not require the postulation of radically different combinatoric and compositional mechanisms in UG. The phonological word has no special status in semantic interpretation.
    Translate to English
    | Direct download  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  3. Anna Szabolcsi, Introduction to Ways of Scope Taking, Kluwer, 1997, Xiii-Xxi.
    Syntactic and semantic theories of quantificational phenomena traditionally treat all noun phrases alike, thus predicting that noun phrases exhibit a uniform behavior. It is well-known that this is an idealization: in any given case, some noun phrases will support a desired reading more readily than others. Anyone who has lectured on quantifier scope ambiguities to a class of unbrainwashed undergraduates will recall the amount of preparation time that goes into coming up with two or three examples that the class will (...)
    Translate to English
    | Direct download  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  4. Anna Szabolcsi, Overt Nominative Subjects in Infinitival Complements in Hungarian.
    We argue that the infinitival complements of subject-control and subject-tosubject raising verbs in Hungarian can have overt nominative subjects. The infinitival subject status of these DPs is diagnosed by constituent order, binding properties, and scope interpretation. Long-distance Agree(ment) and multiple agreement are crucial to their overtness.
    Translate to English
    | Direct download  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  5. Anna Szabolcsi, Overt Nominative Subjects in Infinitival Complements Cross-Linguistically: Data, Diagnostics, and Preliminary Analyses.
    The typical habitat of overt nominative subjects is in finite clauses. But infinitival complements and infinitival adjuncts are also known to have overt nominative subjects, e.g. in Italian (Rizzi 1982), European Portuguese (Raposo 1987), and Spanish (Torrego 1998, Mensching 2000). The analyses make crucial reference to the movement of Aux or Infl to Comp, and to overt or covert infinitival inflection.
    No categories
    Translate to English
    | Direct download  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  6. Anna Szabolcsi, Overt Subjects in Infinitival Control and Raising Complements.
    An infinitival complement may have an overt nominative subject if the relevant features of a superordinate finite inflection are transmitted to that subject (say in the manner of long-distance Agree). The cross-linguistic variation in the availability of overt infinitival subjects has to do with variation in feature transmission.
    No categories
    Translate to English
    | Direct download  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  7. Anna Szabolcsi, Dissecting Quantifiers.
    No categories
    Direct download  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  8. Anna Szabolcsi, Hidden in Plain Sight: Overt Subjects in Infinitival Control and Raising Complements, 2007-2009.
    No categories
    Direct download  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  9. Anna Szabolcsi, Polarity: Some Questions for Discussion.
    KADMON AND LANDMAN 1993: Any widens the domain to include marginal cases. Use of any is acceptable if the proposition with widening is stronger than the one with plain a(n).
    No categories
    Direct download  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  10. Anna Szabolcsi, Questions About Proof Theory Vis-à-Vis Natural Language Semantics.
    Semantics plays a role in grammar in at least three guises. (A) Linguists seek to account for speakers‘ knowledge of what linguistic expressions mean. This goal is typically achieved by assigning a model theoretic interpretation2 in a compositional fashion. For example, No whale flies is true if and only if the intersection of the sets of whales and fliers is empty in the model. (B) Linguists seek to account for the ability of speakers to make various inferences based on semantic (...)
    Direct download (3 more)  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  11. Anna Szabolcsi, Scope and Binding.
    Draft for Maienborn, von Heusinger & Portner (eds.), revised in 2008.
    Direct download (2 more)  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  12. Anna Szabolcsi, 222 Years of Linguistics.
    Direct download  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  13. Anna Szabolcsi & Chris Barker, New Directions for Proof Theory in Linguistics. ESSLLI 2007 Course Reader.
  14. Anna Szabolcsi & Raffaella Bernardi, Partially Ordered Categories: Optionality, Scope and Licensing.
    Direct download  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  15. Anna Szabolcsi (2011). Certain Verbs Are Syntactically Explicit Quantifiers. The Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication 6 (1):5.
  16. Anna Szabolcsi (2010). Quantification. Cambridge University Press.
    Machine generated contents note: 1. What this book is about and how to use it; 2. Generalized quantifiers and their elements: operators and their scopes; 3. Generalized quantifiers in non-nominal domains; 4. Some empirically significant properties of quantifiers and determiners; 5. Potential challenges for generalized quantifiers; 6. Scope is not uniform and not a primitive; 7. Existential scope versus distributive scope; 8. Distributivity and scope; 9. Bare numeral indefinites; 10. Modified numerals; 11. Clause-internal scopal diversity; 12. Towards a compositional semantics (...)
    Direct download (3 more)  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  17. Anna Szabolcsi, Overt Infinitival Subjects in Hungarian and Cross-Linguistically. NYU Working Papers in Linguistics 3.
    No categories
    Direct download  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  18. Raffaella Bernardi & Anna Szabolcsi (2008). Optionality, Scope, and Licensing: An Application of Partially Ordered Categories. [REVIEW] Journal of Logic, Language and Information 17 (3):237-283.
    This paper uses a partially ordered set of syntactic categories to accommodate optionality and licensing in natural language syntax. A complex but well-studied data set pertaining to the syntax of quantifier scope and negative polarity licensing in Hungarian is used to illustrate the proposal. The presentation is geared towards both linguists and logicians. The paper highlights that the main ideas can be implemented in different grammar formalisms, and discusses in detail an implementation where the partial ordering on categories is given (...)
    Direct download (4 more)  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  19. Anna Szabolcsi & Raffaella Bernardi (2008). Optionality, Scope, and Licensing: An Application of Partially Ordered Categories. [REVIEW] Journal of Logic, Language and Information 17 (3):237-283.
    Direct download (3 more)  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  20. Anna Szabolcsi, Lewis Bott & Brian McElree (2008). The Effect of Negative Polarity Items on Inference Verification. Journal of Semantics 25 (4):411-450.
    The scalar approach to negative polarity item (NPI) licensing assumes that NPIs are allowable in contexts in which the introduction of the NPI leads to proposition strengthening (e.g., Kadmon & Landman 1993, Krifka 1995, Lahiri 1997, Chierchia 2006). A straightforward processing prediction from such a theory is that NPI’s facilitate inference verification from sets to subsets. Three experiments are reported that test this proposal. In each experiment, participants evaluated whether inferences from sets to subsets were valid. Crucially, we manipulated whether (...)
    Direct download (7 more)  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  21. Anna Szabolcsi (2005). Overt Infinitival Subjects (If That's What They Are). In Broekhuis (ed.), The Organization of Grammar. Mouton--de Gruyter.
    Krifka (1998) argues that stressed postposed additive particles associate with a clausemate constrastive topic, which need not be overt as long as it satisfies the appropriate contextual role. English too is stressed. Of the two Hungarian particles, szintén is stressed, is is not.
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  22. Anna Szabolcsi (2004). Positive Polarity - Negative Polarity. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 22 (2):409-452..
    Direct download  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  23. Anna Szabolcsi & Bill Haddican (2004). Conjunction Meets Negation: A Study in Cross-Linguistic Variation. Journal of Semantics 21 (3):219-249.
    The central topic of this inquiry is a cross-linguistic contrast in the interaction of conjunction and negation. In Hungarian (Russian, Serbian, Italian, Japanese), in contrast to English (German), negated definite conjunctions are naturally and exclusively interpreted as `neither’. It is proposed that Hungarian-type languages conjunctions simply replicate the behavior of plurals, their closest semantic relatives. More puzzling is why English-type languages present a different range of interpretations. By teasing out finer distinctions in focus on connectives, syntactic structure, and context, the (...)
    Direct download (13 more)  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  24. Michael Brody & Anna Szabolcsi (2003). Overt Scope in Hungarian. Syntax 6 (1).
    The focus of this paper is the syntax of inverse scope in Hungarian, a language that largely disambiguates quantifier scope at spell-out. Inverse scope is attributed to alternate orderings of potentially large chunks of structure, but with appeal to base-generation, as opposed to nonfeature-driven movement as in Kayne 1998. The proposal is developed within mirror theory and conforms to the assumption that structures are antisymmetrical. The paper also develops a matching notion of scope in terms of featural domination, as opposed (...)
    Direct download (2 more)  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  25. Anna Szabolcsi (2003). Binding On the Fly: Cross-Sentential Anaphora in Variable— Free Semantics. In R. Oehrle & J. Kruijff (eds.), Resource Sensitivity, Binding, and Anaphora. Kluwer. 215--227.
    Combinatory logic (Curry and Feys 1958) is a “variable-free” alternative to the lambda calculus. The two have the same expressive power but build their expressions differently. “Variable-free” semantics is, more precisely, “free of variable binding”: it has no operation like abstraction that turns a free variable into a bound one; it uses combinators—operations on functions—instead. For the general linguistic motivation of this approach, see the works of Steedman, Szabolcsi, and Jacobson, among others. The standard view in linguistics is that reflexive (...)
    Direct download (4 more)  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  26. Anna Szabolcsi (2000). The Syntax of Scope. In Mark Baltin & Chris Collins (eds.), Handbook ... Syntax. Blackwell. 607--633.
    Direct download (2 more)  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  27. Filippo Beghelli, Dorit Ben-Shalom & Anna Szabolcsi (1997). Variation, Distributivity, and the Illusion of Branching. In Anna Szabolcsi (ed.), Ways of Scope Taking. Kluwer. 29--69.
    No categories
    Direct download  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  28. Anna Szabolcsi (1997). Background Notions in Lattice Theory and Generalized Quantifiers. In , Ways of Scope Taking. Kluwer. 1--27.
    No categories
    Direct download  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  29. Anna Szabolcsi (1997). Introduction to Ways of Scope Taking. In , Ways of Scope Taking. Kluwer.
    Syntactic and semantic theories of quantificational phenomena traditionally treat all noun phrases alike, thus predicting that noun phrases exhibit a uniform behavior. It is well-known that this is an idealization: in any given case, some noun phrases will support a desired reading more readily than others. Anyone who has lectured on quantifier scope ambiguities to a class of unbrainwashed undergraduates will recall the amount of preparation time that goes into coming up with two or three examples that the class will (...)
    Direct download  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  30. Anna Szabolcsi (1997). Quantifiers in Pair-List Readings. In , Ways of Scope Taking. Kluwer. 311--347.
    No categories
    Direct download  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  31. Anna Szabolcsi (ed.) (1997). Ways of Scope Taking. Kluwer.
    Ways of Scope Taking is concerned with syntactic, semantic and computational aspects of scope. Its starting point is the well-known but often neglected fact that different types of quantifiers interact differently with each other and other operators. The theoretical examination of significant bodies of data, both old and novel, leads to two central claims. (1) Scope is a by-product of a set of distinct Logical Form processes; each quantifier participates in those that suit its particular features. (2) Scope interaction is (...)
    Direct download  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  32. Elisabeth Engdahl, Dov Gabbay, U. Cambridge, Johan van Benthem, Jon Barwise, Robin Cooper, Jon Doyle, Brian Skyrms, U. Irvine & Anna Szabolcsi (1996). Dag Westerstahl. Journal of Logic, Language, and Information 5:107-112.
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  33. Anna Szabolcsi & Frans Zwarts (1993). Weak Islands and an Algebraic Semantics for Scope Taking. Natural Language Semantics 1 (3):235-284.
    Modifying the descriptive and theoretical generalizations of Relativized Minimality, we argue that a significant subset of weak island violations arise when an extracted phrase should scope over some intervener but is unable to. Harmless interveners seem harmless because they can support an alternative reading. This paper focuses on why certain wh-phrases are poor wide scope takers, and offers an algebraic perspective on scope interaction. Each scopal element SE is associated with certain operations (e.g., not with complements). When a wh-phrase scopes (...)
    Direct download (5 more)  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  34. Anna Szabolcsi (1990). Across-the-Board Binding Meets Verb Second. In M. Nespor & J. Mascaro (eds.), Grammar in progress. Foris.
    Direct download  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  35. Anna Szabolcsi (1982). Model Theoretic Semantics of Performatives. In Ferenc Kiefer (ed.), Hungarian General Linguistics. Benjamins.
    [...] I will only investigate [Austin's] claims as challenges to present-day model theoretic semantics. My main point will be to draw a sharp line between the semantic and pragmatic aspects of performatives and thereby discover a gap in Austin’s treatment. This will in my view naturally lead to the proposal in Section 2, that is, to treating performatives as denoting changes in intensional models. The rest of Section 2 will be concerned with the status of felicity conditions and a tentative (...)
    Direct download (2 more)  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  36. Anna Szabolcsi (1981). The Semantics of Topic-Focus Articulation. In Jeroen Groenendijk (ed.), Formal methods in the study of language. U of Amsterdam. 2--503.
    Direct download  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  37. Anna Szabolcsi, Compositionality in Focus.
    I believe that the validity of (I) is beyond. doubt and thus any grammar, whether organized to reflect (I) directly or not, may ultimately be required to satisfy it. One of the systems that are precisely designed to reflect (I) is Montague Grammar, where, technical details aside, it is realized as follows: (2) a. Sentences are composed by putting their constituents together step by step, with no subsequent rearrangement; b. Not only each lexical item but also each rule of composition (...)
    Translate to English
    | Direct download  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation