Indefinites in comparatives. Aloni, M. & Roelofsen, F. Natural Language Semantics, 22:145–167, 2014.
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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.
@article{AloniRoelofsen:14nals,
	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.},
	author = {Aloni, Maria and Roelofsen, Floris},
	date-modified = {2021-08-17 00:00:00 +0000},
	doi = {10.1007/s11050-013-9103-z},
	journal = {Natural Language Semantics},
	keywords = {alternative semantics,comparatives,free choice,indefinites,inquisitive semantics,theoretical linguistics},
	mendeley-tags = {inquisitive semantics,theoretical linguistics},
	pages = {145--167},
	title = {{Indefinites in comparatives}},
	url = {https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11050-013-9103-z},
	volume = {22},
	year = {2014},
	Bdsk-Url-1 = {https://doi.org/10.1007/s11050-013-9103-z}}

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