/ Counting as a Type of Measuring
(4) (Exactly) two bagels are on the table.2 (5) 9x9y(bagel(x) ^6bagel(y) ^6x6 = y ^6on the table(x) ^6on the table(y) ^8z((bagel(z) ^6on the table(z)) !6(z=x v z=y))) 1. For the remainder of the paper, I’ll work with the exact readings of counting sentences, unless I explicitly state otherwise. Focussing on the exact reading seems reasonable given that Horn (1992), Geurts (2006), Breheny (2008), and Kennedy (2013) argue that exact readings are semantically available rather than pragmatically derived. That said, Liebesman (2015) shows how to extend most of the considerations in this section to at least readings. 2. ’Exactly’ is in parentheses because it can be omitted as long as context forces an exact reading of the sentence. david liebesman Counting as a Type of Measuring
Top of page Top of page