Lisa Matthewson

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While the adult English determiner system encodes a definiteness distinction, many languages do not do so. This cross-linguistic variation raises the question of how the acquisition of determiner systems proceeds. In this paper we report on an experiment which tested English-acquiring children's comprehension of definite and indefinite articles. On the(More)
In Cheyenne (Algonquian), evidentials and markers of illocutionary mood (e.g., imperative, interrogative) form a single morphological paradigm: the mode paradigm. Morphologically , these distinct grammatical categories form a natural class. This paper argues they also form a natural semantic class, contributing similar kinds of meanings. In addition, there(More)
Empirical findings from fieldwork inform our theories of natural language semantics: what is cross-linguistically possible, what current theories can and cannot account for, what type of representations we need, and so on. Formally precise analyses can also inform our fieldwork, making predictions that need to be tested in the field and providing novel(More)
1 INTRODUCTION Formal semantics has so far mostly focused on three categories of quantifiers (Q)—to wit, Q-determiners (e.g. every), Q-adverbs (e.g. always), and Q-auxiliaries (e.g. would). All three form constructions that can be analyzed in terms of tripartite logical forms (LFs), consisting of a quantifier, the restriction, and the nuclear scope. This(More)
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