Webinar: Ariel COHEN
16:00 – 18:00 (Time Zone: GMT + 02:00)
Ariel COHEN (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)
Generics and determiners (or lack thereof)
No known language contains a specifc determiner that is exclusively devoted to the expression of genericity. Yet there is no language that does not express genericity in some form or another. Genericity can be expressed by definite, indefinite, or null determiners, and the noun may be singular or plural. And the generic interpretations of the various generic convary widely across languages. In this talk I will consider this variety, and provide a uniform explanation for it. Specifically, I will argue that all the different phenomena can be accounted for by one simple principle: characterizing generic readings always involve reference to kinds. The discussion will focus mainly on English and Italian, but I will consider other languages as well.
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