Linking the collective-distributive opposition and the telic-atelic opposition
Lucas Champollion
October 2016

I suggest a constraint that prevents 'for'-adverbials and noun phrases headed by 'each' and 'all' from participating in cumulative readings with noun phrases in their syntactic scope. In all cases, the verbal predicate needs to apply to certain smaller subevents of the event it describes. I suggest that this constraint is also the reason why 'for'-adverbials reject telic predicates, why 'each' rejects collective predicates, and why 'all' rejects certain collective predicates but not others. All these items can be seen as distributive. What distinguishes them semantically is the nature and size of the level at which they distribute: 'For'-adverbials distribute down to shorter intervals; 'each', to atoms; and 'all', to subgroups.
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Reference: lingbuzz/002985
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Published in: 46th Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS 46)
keywords: distributivity, collectivity, telicity, atelicity, aspect, cumulative readings, for-adverbials, semantics
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