Assistant Professor Department of Linguistics Lucas Champollion

Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics (Paperback): Parts of a Whole: Distributivity as a Bridge Between Aspect and Measurement (Paperback)

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This book uses mathematical models of language to explain why there are certain gaps in language: things that we might expect to be able to say but can't. For instance, why can we say I ran for five minutes but not *I ran all the way to the store for five minutes? Why is <em>five pounds of books</em> acceptable, but * <em>five pounds of book </em>not acceptable? What prevents us from saying * <em>sixty degrees of water</em> to express the temperature of the water in a swimming pool when <em>sixty inches of water </em>can express its depth? And why can we not say * <em>all the ants in my kitchen are numerous</em>? The constraints on these constructions involve concepts that are generally studied separately: aspect, plural and mass reference, measurement, and distributivity. In this book, Lucas Champollion provides a unified perspective on these domains, connects them formally within the framework of algebraic semantics and mereology, and uses this connection to transfer insights across unrelated bodies of literature and formulate a single constraint that explains each of the judgments above. <br />

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This book uses mathematical models of language to explain why there are certain gaps in language: things that we might expect to be able to say but can't. For instance, why can we say I ran for five minutes but not *I ran all the way to the store for five minutes? Why is five pounds of books acceptable, but * five pounds of book not acceptable? What prevents us from saying * sixty degrees of water to express the temperature of the water in a swimming pool when sixty inches of water can express its depth? And why can we not say * all the ants in my kitchen are numerous? The constraints on these constructions involve concepts that are generally studied separately: aspect, plural and mass reference, measurement, and distributivity. In this book, Lucas Champollion provides a unified perspective on these domains, connects them formally within the framework of algebraic semantics and mereology, and uses this connection to transfer insights across unrelated bodies of literature and formulate a single constraint that explains each of the judgments above.
Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics (Paperback): Parts of a Whole: Distributivity as a Bridge Between Aspect and Measurement (Paperback)

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Series Title
Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics (Paperback)
Publisher
Oxford University Press, USA
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
352
Author
Assistant Professor Department of Linguistics Lucas Champollion
Title
Parts of a Whole: Distributivity as a Bridge Between Aspect and Measurement
ISBN-13
9780198755135
Publication Date
May, 2017
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches
ISBN-10
0198755139

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