Higher-Level Plurals versus Articulated Reference, and an Elaboration of Salva Veritate

TitleHigher-Level Plurals versus Articulated Reference, and an Elaboration of Salva Veritate
Publication TypeJournal Article
AuthorsBen-Yami, H.
Journal titleDialectica
Year2013
Pages81-102
Volume67
Issue1
Abstract

In recent literature on plurals the claim has often been made that the move from singular to plural expressions can be iterated, generating what are occasionally called higher-level plurals or superplurals, often correlated with superplural predicates. I argue that the idea that the singular-to-plural move can be iterated is questionable. I then show that the examples and arguments intended to establish that some expressions of natural language are in some sense higher-level plurals fail. Next, I argue that these and some other expressions should instead be classified as plurals whose reference is articulated, an idea explained and elaborated in the paper. I also show that the related categories of plural and superplural predicates collapse to that of ordinary predicates. In the process we also see that the law of substitutivity salva veritate should be elaborated for cases involving expressions more complex than singular ones.

LanguageEnglish
DOI10.1111/1746-8361.12013