Quantificational variability and the genesis of English headed wh-relatives

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English headed wh-relatives developed from Old English free hw-relatives, but many descriptive grammars associate free hw-relatives primarily with generalizing interpretations quite unlike the standard semantics for headed relatives. We demonstrate that these generalizing inter- pretations are reducible to factors external to the free relative itself, and that these external factors are less common with clause-final free hw-relatives. Clause-final free hw-relatives are more likely to be interpreted as definite, which brings them closer to typical interpretation of headed relatives.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 19
EditorsEva Csipak, Hedde Zeijlstra
Place of PublicationGöttingen
PublisherLinG (Linguistics in Gottingen)
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)0000000000
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2015


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