Unity and Plurality: Logic, Philosophy, and Linguistics

2016.12.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Massimiliano Carrara, Alexandra Arapinis, and Friederike Moltmann (eds.), Unity and Plurality: Logic, Philosophy, and
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2016.12.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Massimiliano Carrara, Alexandra Arapinis, and Friederike Moltmann (eds.), Unity and Plurality: Logic, Philosophy, and Linguistics, Oxford University Press, 2016, 259pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198716327. Reviewed by Alda Mari, Institut Jean Nicod, CNRS Natural languages exploit a variety of means to encode the notional category "plurality". In the nominal domain, the grammatical and ontological distinction between pluralities and unities is a sharp one. Consider: (1)       a. The class is noisy.
             b. The children are wearing red today. In (1-a), "class", while notionally plural, refers to an atomic entity, or a set, or to the unity 'class' whose members are students. Plural marking in (1-b) is used instead to refer to pluralities or multitudes. The ontological and logical status of a plurality or a multitude is still the object of debate, and the book adds to this debate interesting and highly. . .

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