Stratified reference: The common core of distributivity, aspect, and measurement
Lucas Champollion
September 2015
 

Why can I tell you that I ran for five minutes but not that I ''*ran to the store for five minutes''? Why can we talk about ''five pounds of books'' but not about ''*five pounds of book''? What keeps you from saying ''*sixty degrees of water'' when you can say ''sixty inches of water''? And what goes wrong when I complain that ''*all the ants in my kitchen are numerous''? The constraints on these constructions involve concepts that are generally studied separately: aspect, plural and mass reference, measurement, distributivity, and collectivity. This paper provides a unified perspective on these domains and gives a single answer to the questions above in the framework of algebraic event semantics.
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Published in: Theoretical Linguistics (2015) vol. 41 issue 3-4, pages 109–149, http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/tl-2015-0008. Supplementary video also available at https://youtu.be/gNTL17Qf2lU For updates to the theory discussed here, see also the reply article, "Refining stratified reference", Theoretical Linguistics (2015) vol. 41 issue 3-4, pages 223-240, http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/tl-2015-0015, available at: http://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz/002676
keywords: algebraic semantics, aspect, boundedness, collectivity, distributivity, mass, measurement, mereology, monotonicity, plural, partitives, telicity, semantics
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