Homogeneity, underspecification, and ambiguity in plural predication
Moshe E. Bar-Lev
June 2024
 

A prominent view of homogeneity takes it to be the result of a trivalent distributivity operator. Križ (2015) challenged this view by pointing out the existence of non-distributive plural predication which is nonetheless homogeneous. In this paper I argue that this challenge disappears once a trivalent cumulativity operator (based on Link’s star operator), which derives meanings that are underspecified for distributivity and collectivity, is taken to be responsible for homogeneity instead. I further point out that when this view is combined with a solution offered by Schwarzschild and Heim for the challenge of deriving both underspecified and ambiguous meanings (using ‘covers’), the variation observed by Križ with respect to homogeneity falls out. [An earlier version of this manuscript was circulated under the title "specification and homogeneity in plural predication": https://semanticsarchive.net/Archive/WQ5ODgyY/]
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keywords: homogeneity, pluralization, covers, distributivity, collectivity, underspecification, context-snsitivity, semantics
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