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Parts of a Whole: Distributivity as a Bridge between Aspect and Measurement

Lucas Champollion

Abstract

Why can I tell you that I ran for five minutes but not that I *ran all the way to the store for five minutes? Why can you say that there are five pounds of books in this package if it contains several books, but not *five pounds of book if it contains only one? What keeps you from using *sixty degrees of water to tell me the temperature of the water in your pool when you can use sixty inches of water to tell me its height? And what goes wrong when I complain that *all the ants in my kitchen are numerous? The constraints on these constructions involve concepts that are generally studied separat ... More

Keywords: Distributivity, aspect, measurement, mereology, algebraic semantics, plurals, mass terms

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198755128
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198755128.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lucas Champollion, author
Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, New York University