Existential Sentences without Existential Quantification

Linguistics and Philosophy 21 (4):353-392 (1998)
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Abstract

Presents a set-theoretic version of the analysis of "there be" as predicating instantiation of a property, a property-theoretic version of which was developed in McNally 1992. This paper provides a solution to the criticism that McNally 1992's analysis could not account for sentences in which postverbal nominal contains a monotone decreasing or nonmonotonic determiner.

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Louise McNally
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