Similative Plurals in Persian: Alternatives, Homogeneity, or Strongest Meanings?
Manfred Krifka, Fereshteh Modarresi
January 2024

Persian, like several other languages, allows for similative plurals like "ketab metab", 'books and such things’. While in upward-entailing contexts this refers to at least one book and at least one book-like object, in downward-entailing contexts this has rather a disjunctive reading, to at least a book or at least a magazine. The article discusses various ways of modeling this behavior of similative plurals, and proposes an account in terms of the strongest meaning hypothesis, which predicts that in downward-entailing contexts the disjunctive interpretation is selected.
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Reference: lingbuzz/007994
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Published in: Proceedings of WCCFL 42
keywords: reduplication, conjunction, disjunction, ad-hoc kinds, downward-entailing contexts, semantics
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