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Toward a unified analysis of terms and predications: a functional view

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Aristotle stated that movement or change "[...] pertain[s] exclusively to quality, quantity, and locality, each of which embraces contrasts" (Physics, V. II; see also Rijksbaron 1989). I will argue that operators as well as satellites, both in the term phrase and in the predication, can be characterized by these three notions. Additionally I will attempt to show, firstly, that operators in the term phrase do not all have the same scope; and secondly that these scope differences are formally reflected in the linguistic expression. In this respect this contribution can be regarded as an extension of Hengeveld (1989), which contains a proposal concerning the organization of operators in the predication and higher level domains. On the other hand, this article is also an amendment to his proposal, in that it argues that quantity operators have their own scope.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLayers and Levels of Representation in Language Theory
EditorsJan Nuyts, A. Machtelt Bolkestein, Co Vet
Number of pages28
Place of publicationAmsterdam/Philadelphia
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Publication year1990
ISBN (print)90 272 5023 (Eur)
Publication statusPublished - 1990
SeriesPragmatics & Beyond - New Series

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