The combination of indeﬁnite and deﬁnite ‘determiners’ — a cross-linguistic study
AbstractIn the West African languages Akan, Ga (Kwa), Ngamo, and Hausa (West-Chadic), deﬁnite familiarity markers and choice-functional indeﬁnites can combine giving rise to a deﬁnite interpretation, which poses a puzzle for a compositional analysis of DPs. When combined, three different readings can arise: anaphoric, recognitional, or complement anaphoric reading, though the languages differ with respect to which reading is available. We propose that the available readings depend on (i) whether the deﬁnite is strongly or weakly familiar, and (ii) whether the choice-functional indeﬁnite has a novelty condition or not. By that the paper contributes to the ongoing discussion on the interpretation of (in)deﬁnites, crosslinguistically.
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Duah, R., Grubic, M., & Renans, A. (2021). The combination of indeﬁnite and deﬁnite ‘determiners’ — a cross-linguistic study. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 25, 238-255. https://doi.org/10.18148/sub/2021.v25i0.934
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