Predicative Possessives, Relational Nouns, and Floating Quantifiers

George Tsoulas, Rebecca Woods

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Green (1971) notes the apparent unacceptability of certain quantificational expressions as possessors of singular head nouns. We provide data from a range of English dialects to show that such constructions are not straightforwardly unacceptable, but there are a number of restrictions on their use. We build on Kayne’s (1993; 1994) analysis of English possessives in conjunction with considerations on floating quantifiers to explain both the types of possessive that are permitted in the relevant dialects and their distribution, which is restricted to predicative position.
Original languageEnglish
JournalLinguistic Inquiry
Early online date26 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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