Computing and Library Services - delivering an inspiring information environment

Predicative Possessives, Relational Nouns, and Floating Quantifiers

Tsoulas, George and Woods, Rebecca (2018) Predicative Possessives, Relational Nouns, and Floating Quantifiers. Linguistic Inquiry. ISSN 0024-3892

PDF - Accepted Version
Download (221kB) | Preview


Green (1971) notes the apparent unacceptability of certain quantificational expressions as possessors of singular head nouns. We provide data from a range of English dialects to show that such constructions are not straightforwardly unacceptable, but there are a number of restrictions on their use. We build on Kayne’s (1993; 1994) analysis of English possessives in conjunction with considerations on floating quantifiers to explain both the types of possessive that are permitted in the relevant dialects and their distribution, which is restricted to predicative position.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
Related URLs:
Depositing User: Jonathan Cook
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2017 13:18
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 14:16


Downloads per month over past year

Repository Staff Only: item control page

View Item View Item

University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, HD1 3DH Copyright and Disclaimer All rights reserved ©