Jacques Jayez

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As noted by Haspelmath (1997), determiners and pronouns sensitive to “knowledge of the speaker” exist in different languages. Examples are the –to series in Russian, some and a certain (see Farkas, this volume), and irgendein in German (Kratzer 2001). This paper examines the epistemic properties of a set of French determiners, i.e. un N quelconque (some),(More)
The idea that presupposition triggers have different intrinsic properties has gradually made its way into the literature on presuppositions and become a current assumption in most approaches. The distinctions mentioned in the different works have been based on introspective data, which seem, indeed, very suggestive. In this paper, we take a different look(More)
In this paper, I examine the status of the French past tense imparfait in relation with the general notion of imperfectivity. Although a clear–cut definition of this notion might be out of reach, one can assume that there is a common intuition behind the different uses of the term.1 Imperfectivity is a perspective on an event or state. It focuses on the(More)
This paper examines the possibility of providing a unified account of the projection properties of presuppositions, conventional and conversational implicatures. I discuss the solution offered in (Roberts et al. 2009) and show that the central notion we need to cover the spectrum of observations is that of attachment.
This paper investigates the semantic properties of the French determiner quelque. It is shown that quelque conveys inferential evidentiality, that is, it selects interpretations in which the speaker infers the proposition conveyed by the sentence that hosts the determiner. This accounts for several other properties, for instance the fact that quelque is(More)