Further evidence for an HPSG-based theory of the semantics of different and the same

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https://doi.org/10.21248/hpsg.2023.8

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Yatabe (2021) presents a theory according to which the meaning of a word like different in a sentence like Anna and Bill like different films contains the meaning of a reciprocal pronoun. Since the postulated reciprocal meaning inside the meaning of a word like different requires the presence of a semantic antecedent, the theory entails that the apparent internal reading of a sentence like John saw and reviewed different films, which does not contain a plural DP that could serve as the semantic antecedent of the postulated reciprocal meaning, must be licensed in a way that is entirely different from the way in which the internal reading of a sentence like Anna and Bill like different films is licensed. In the present paper, I adduce additional pieces of evidence for this theory. In order to enhance the plausibility of the proposed theory, I also show how the collective interpretation of reciprocals and the interaction of reciprocals and cumulative interpretation can be accounted for within the theory.

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2023-10-15

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Yatabe, Shûichi. 2023. Further evidence for an HPSG-based theory of the semantics of different and the same. Proceedings of the 30th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar 143–163. (doi:10.21248/hpsg.2023.8) (https://proceedings.hpsg.xyz/article/view/914) (Accessed April 17, 2024.)