Paper: Genetic NPs And Habitual VPs

ACL ID C92-1037
Title Genetic NPs And Habitual VPs
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1992
Authors

We propose a simple, intuitively satisfying treatment of the semantics of bare plural NPs. This treatment avoids the use of non- standard logics, and avoids the need for sys- tematic ambiguity of verb semantics. 1 Background Previous work on the semantics of bare plural NPs has largely focussed on the contribution they make in habitual sentences like (1) Mar~ eaiJ peaches. and (2) John likes driving fast cars. Both (1) and (2) seem to express tendencies, general rules. If you heard (1) then you would feel confi- dent that you could offer Mary a peach for dessert. (1) seems to express a general characteristic of Mary, namely that if you offer her a peach in a suitable situ- ation she will eat it. If you heard (2) then you would hide the keys of your Ferrari when John was visiting. (2) tells...