We define as ‘mid-scalar’ those quantifiers which express a quantity and which, on a scale from a minimal to a maximal quantity, appear near the middle. In Latin, quantifiers such as multi, aliquot, nonnulli, complures, and plerique can be called mid-scalar. Since they do not refer to a precise quantity, they are vague; the quantity they involve, however, must count as large in the given context: they are in fact context-dependent. Mid-scalar quantifiers are also ambiguous. A first kind of ambiguity is between a cardinal and a proportional reading. Another kind of ambiguity is between strong and weak readings: mid-scalars can share the features of both. The main aspects we investigate here are the properties which determine whether mid-scalar quantifiers can enter into existential sentences, whether they share the properties of floating quantifiers and whether they are always to be considered quantifiers or else numerical determiners.

Mid-scalar quantifiers in Latin

BERTOCCHI, ALESSANDRA;MARALDI, MIRKA
2010

Abstract

We define as ‘mid-scalar’ those quantifiers which express a quantity and which, on a scale from a minimal to a maximal quantity, appear near the middle. In Latin, quantifiers such as multi, aliquot, nonnulli, complures, and plerique can be called mid-scalar. Since they do not refer to a precise quantity, they are vague; the quantity they involve, however, must count as large in the given context: they are in fact context-dependent. Mid-scalar quantifiers are also ambiguous. A first kind of ambiguity is between a cardinal and a proportional reading. Another kind of ambiguity is between strong and weak readings: mid-scalars can share the features of both. The main aspects we investigate here are the properties which determine whether mid-scalar quantifiers can enter into existential sentences, whether they share the properties of floating quantifiers and whether they are always to be considered quantifiers or else numerical determiners.
Latin Linguistics today
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A. Bertocchi; M. Maraldi
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