Subatomic quantification

Marcin Wągiel  


The goal of this book is to explore the relationship between the cognitive notion of parthood and various grammatical devices expressing this concept in natural language. The monograph aims to investigate syntactic constructions and lexical categories, e.g., partitives, whole-adjectives, and multipliers, encoding different kinds of part-whole structures both in Slavic and non-Slavic languages. It is envisioned to inspire radical rethinking of the ontology of models accounting for nominal semantics. Specifically, it provides novel evidence for a mereotopological approach to meaning, i.e., a theory of wholes that captures not only parthood but also topological relations holding between parts. This evidence comes from the phenomenon of subatomic quantification, i.e., quantification over parts of referents of concrete count nouns.


Author Biography

Marcin Wągiel, Masaryk University

Marcin Wągiel is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Linguistics and Baltic Languages at Masaryk University in Brno, where he completed a Ph.D. thesis on subatomic quantification in natural language. Marcin's research areas are compositional semantics, the syntax/semantics interface including morphosemantics, and linguistic typology. He focuses mainly on quantification, plurality, collectivity and distributivity, modification, genericity, and comparison in Slavic as well as in a broader cross-linguistic perspective.

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July 15, 2021
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Wągiel, Marcin. 2021. Subatomic quantification. (Open Slavic Linguistics 6). Berlin: Language Science Press. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.5106382


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