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When the donkey lost its fleas: Persistence, minimal situations, and embedded quantifiers

Zweig, E. (2007) When the donkey lost its fleas: Persistence, minimal situations, and embedded quantifiers. Natural Language Semantics, 14 (4). pp. 283-296. ISSN 0925-854X

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Abstract

This paper revisits the question of whether propositions in situation semantics must be persistent [Kratzer (1989). Linguistics and Philosophy, 12, 607–653]. It shows that ignoring persistence causes empirical problems for theories which use quantification over minimal situations as a solution for donkey anaphora [Elbourne (2005). Situations and individuals. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press]. At the same time, modifying these theories to incorporate persistence makes them incompatible with the use of situations for contextual restriction [Kratzer (2004). Ms., University of Massachusetts].

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Language and Linguistic Science (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2009 10:24
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2009 10:24
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11050-006-9003-6
Status: Published
Publisher: Springer
Identification Number: 10.1007/s11050-006-9003-6
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7062

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