Mind and Language 34 (5):563-584 (2019)

Poppy Mankowitz
University of Bristol
It is well known that occurrences of sentences such as “Every bottle is empty” will sometimes be understood relative to a subset of the set of all bottles in the universe. Much has been written about what mechanism should be used to model this phenomenon of domain restriction. However, comparatively little attention has been paid to the question of when domain restriction is triggered. I will begin by challenging a recent partial answer to this question. I will then develop my own partial answer based on observations pertaining to information structure.
Keywords domain restriction  information structure  pragmatics  quantifier expressions  semantics
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DOI 10.1111/mila.12222
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