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Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans? More on Missing

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This chapter elaborates on the idea that reference to and quantification over individual concepts under Aloni's conceptual covers can help model unspecific readings of descriptions and quantifiers combining with missing, in particular, by defending a naïve analysis. In addition to the readings that Zimmermann (seriously) considers, there is the reading of be missing sentences with singular indefinite subjects a P where one infer that no P is there. The chapter concedes that this forces one to supplement be missing with a property reading parallel to the proper treatment of opacity in certain verbs according to Zimmermann. In other languages, one find verbs with a partial overlap with miss, be missing, and (be) lack(ing); both this third English lexeme and the cross-linguistic facts are worthy of future attention. The chapter concludes that the idea of using individual concepts in the analysis of things that are missing looks like a viable one.

Keywords: English lexeme; naïve analysis; Zimmermann's beamwork



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