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A typology of proportional quantifiers: Evidence from Polish partitives

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Year of publication 2022
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Acta Linguistica Academica
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Faculty of Arts

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Keywords proportional quantifiers; partitive constructions; part-whole structures; mereotopology; degree semantics
Description In this paper, I investigate the distribution and semantic behavior of various proportional quantifiers (PQs) in Polish. Based on novel evidence including corpus data, I conclude that Polish PQs do not constitute a uniform category, but rather can be divided into four distinct classes based on the following properties: i) (in)compatibility with numerals and measure words, ii) (in)compatibility with approximative modifiers, iii) (in)compatibility with cumulative predicates and iv) (non)occurrence of spatial integrity effects. I propose that such a typology results from an interplay between more primitive semantic notions. In particular, the data call for combining degree semantics with a mereotopological approach to the meaning of PQs.
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