[Lingtyp] types of quantification

Christian Lehmann christian.lehmann at uni-erfurt.de
Fri Mar 4 11:35:09 UTC 2022

In some languages, numerals have the same distribution as quantifiers 
like 'some' or 'many'. From a functional point of view, too, for 
instance in view of the approximative numerals discussed last week, it 
makes sense to subsume the use of numerals under quantification. Then 
one might subdivide the field of quantification roughly as follows:

 1. Numeral quantification: 'one', 'two' ...
 2. Non-numeral quantification

     1. Universal: 'all', 'every'
     2. Existential: 'some'
     3. Sizing: 'many', 'several', '(a) few', ....

Two questions:

  * Has anything concerning such a classification been published which I
    should know?
  * To the extent that the above is reasonable: Any suggestions for a
    better terminology?


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