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The But Not All: A Partitive Account of Plural Definite Descriptions

Brogaard, Berit


A number of authors in favor of a unitary account of singular descriptions have alleged that the unitary account can be extrapolated to account for plural definite descriptions. In this paper I take a closer look at this suggestion. I argue that while the unitary account is clearly onto something right, it is in the end empirically inadequate. At the end of the paper I offer a new partitive account of plural definite descriptions that avoids the problems with both the unitary account and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Mind and Language
DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0017.2007.00314.x


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