Roger Schwarzschild

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This paper strives to characterize the relation between accent placement and discourse in terms of independent constraints operating at the interface between syntax and interpretation. The GIVENness Constraint requires un-F-marked constituents to be GIVEN. Key here is our definition of GIVENness which synthesizes insights from the literature on the(More)
In the formation of extended noun phrases, expressions are used that describe some dimension. Weight is described by each of the prenominal expressions in heavy rock, too much ballast, 2 lb rock, 2 lbs of rocks. The central claim of this paper is that the position of these types of expressions within the noun phrase limits the kinds of dimensions they may(More)
OF THE DISSERTATION Zero Morphology: a Study of Aspect, Argument Structure, and Case by OLGA BABKO-MALAYA Dissertation Director: Maria Bittner This thesis examines the relation between aspect, argument structure, and case. The approach developed in this thesis assumes that Dowty-style aspectual operators are zero affixes of the type discussed in Pesetsky(More)
(1) is an example of an adjectival comparative. In it, the adjective important is flanked by more and a comparative clause headed by than. This article is a survey of recent ideas about the interpretation of comparatives, including (i) the underlying semantics based on the idea of a threshold; (ii) the interpretation of comparative clauses that include(More)
While many investigations of number in linguistic and conceptual development have focused attention on how and when number words are acquired (Carey, 2004; Fuson, 1988; Gelman & Gallistel, 1978; Wynn, 1990, 1992; inter alia), and, to a lesser extent, what children have to learn about the interaction of number words with other elements in the syntax and(More)
We are interested in the following features of this discourse. First, we want to capture the meaning of the entailment particle therefore, which relates the content of the premise (1a) and the content of the conclusion (1b) and requires the latter to be entailed by the former. I take the content of a sentence to be truth-conditional in nature, i.e., to be(More)
This paper is about degrees in natural language; or rather, how they enter into the compositional semantics of sentences containing degree words like more, as, too and enough, and others. I first discuss the strongest semantic evidence I know of for treating degree constructions with gradable adjectives as distinctly di↵erent from those with nouns and(More)