Beyond the (in)definiteness restriction: A unified semantics for have

  • Javier Gutierrez-Rexach

Abstract

In this paper, the main properties of the verb have and their connection with the (in)definiteness restriction  are  studied.  Several  varieties  are  characterized,  in  addition  to  the  well-known existential-have construction: restricted existence, the locative reading, the essential and accidental readings, idiomatic constructions, etc. It is argued that it is possible to provide a uniform semantics for these constructions, starting with the idea that have denotes a function attributing essential properties. The proposed analysis is implemented in Generalized-Quantifier Theory.
Published
2019-08-07
How to Cite
Gutierrez-Rexach, J. (2019). Beyond the (in)definiteness restriction: A unified semantics for have. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 11, 291-304. https://doi.org/10.18148/sub/2007.v11i0.646