Electronic books. Internet Resources. Related Internet Resources. Summary Plural predication is a pervasive part of ordinary language. We can say that some people are fifty in number, are surrounding a building, come from many countries, and are classmates. These predicates can be true of some people without being true of any one of them; they are non-distributive predications.
Yet the apparatus of predication and quantification in standard modern logic does not allow a place for such non-distributive predicates.
Plural Reference and Unbound Pronouns
Thomas McKay's book explores the enrichment of modern logic with plural predication and quantification. We can have genuinely non-distributive predication.
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Cognition [27 Jul , ]. Abstract Plural predications e. This paper investigates the role of context in the disambiguation of plural predication. We address the key phenomenon of "stubborn distributivity," whereby certain predicates e. We first validate a new methodology for measuring the interpretation of plural predications. Using this method, we then analyze naturally-occurring plural predications from corpora.
We find a role of context, but no evidence of a distinct class of predicates that resists collective interpretations.