Natural Language Semantics 22 (2):145-167 (2014)

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Maria Aloni
University of Amsterdam
Floris Roelofsen
University of Amsterdam
Abstract
The goal of this paper is to explain the meaning and distribution of indefinites in comparatives, focusing on English some and any and German irgend-indefinites. We consider three competing theories of comparatives in combination with an alternative semantics of some and any, and a novel account of stressed irgend-indefinites. One of the resulting accounts, based on Heim’s analysis of comparatives, predicts all the relevant differences in quantificational force, and explains why free choice indefinites are licensed in comparatives
Keywords Indefinites  Comparatives  Intonational meaning
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DOI 10.1007/s11050-013-9103-z
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