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Title: Uniqueness Intuitions, Telescope Anaphora, and Strong and Weak Readings in Donkey Sentences
Authors: Toole, Janine
Keywords: Generative Grammar
Issue Date: 1997
Publisher: Simon Fraser University
Abstract: The unifying theme of this thesis is the interpretation of definite noun phrases. Three outstanding issues relating to their interpretation are addressed. The first issue concerns the uniqueness implications associated with definite noun phrases. Unlike the Russellian and familiarity approaches which argue that the basic characteristic that differentiates definite noun phrases from other noun phrases is uniqueness or anaphoricity, I argue that the basic characteristic of a definite noun phrase is the relation that holds between its denotation and its doman restriction. That is, on the analysis I propose the relation between a definite noun phrase's denotation and its domain restriction is on of equality (denotation = domain restriction). The relation between an indefinite noun phrase's denotation and its domain restriction is one of subsumption (denotation § domain restriction). [...]
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