Quantification in event semantics: Generalized quantifiers vs. sub-events

  • Sascha Alexeyenko


The goal of this paper is to evaluate two approaches to quantification in event semantics, namely the analysis of quantificational DPs in terms of generalized quantifiers and the analysis proposed in Schein (1993) according to which quantifiers over individuals contain an existential quantifier over sub-events in their scope. Both analyses capture the fact that the event quantifier always takes scope under quantifiers over individuals (the Event Type Principle in Landman (2000)), but the sub-events analysis has also been argued to be able to account for some further data, namely for adverbs qualifying ‘ensemble’ events and for mixed cumulative/distributive readings. This paper shows that the sub-events analysis also provides a better account of the Event Type Principle if a broader range of data is considered, including cases with non-existential quantifiers over events: unlike the generalized quantifiers analysis, it can successfully account for the interpretation of indefinites in bare habituals and sentences that contain overt adverbs of quantification.
How to Cite
Alexeyenko, S. (2019). Quantification in event semantics: Generalized quantifiers vs. sub-events. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 22(1), 39-53. https://doi.org/10.18148/sub/2018.v22i1.64