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General and specific concepts

 

Singular indefinite NPs in prevention statements give rise to an ambiguity between a general and a specific reading. In order to account for this ambiguity, we extend Zimmermann's proposal for referential concept NPs to also allow for quantificational concept NPs. We further motivate the need for quantificational concept NPs on the basis of the interpretation of indefinite NPs with numeral determiners in prevention contexts. We treat numerals as generalized determiners quantifying over concepts and propose a way of counting concepts by counting maximally specific instantiated concepts.

 
 
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Condoravdi, C. ; Crouch, R. S. ; van den Berg, M. General and specific concepts. Amsterdam Colloquium 2001 University of Amsterdam; 2001 December 17-19; Amsterdam; Netherlands.

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