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In (i)a the quantifier ''tous'' immediately precedes the NP ''les étudiants'' it quantifies, but in (i)b ''tous'' has 'floated' off, as it were, into the sentence. Sportiche (1988) has claimed that ''tous'' in examples such as (i)b is stranded in the (VP-internal) D-structure subject position.
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In (i)a the quantifier ''tous'' immediately precedes the NP ''les étudiants'' it quantifies, but in (i)b ''tous'' has 'floated' off, as it were, into the sentence. Sportiche (1988) has claimed that ''tous'' in examples such as (i)b is stranded in the (VP-internal) D-structure subject position.
  
 
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* Sportiche,D. 1988. ''A Theory of Floating Quantifiers and its Corrolaries for Constituent Structure,'' Linquistic Inquiry 19-3.
  
 
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Latest revision as of 10:26, 20 August 2019

Floating quantifier is a quantifier that is not immediately near the NP it quantifies. French tous (all) is the exemplary case:

(i) a  Tous les étudiants ont lu ce livre
       All  the students have read that book
    b  Les étudiants ont tous lu ce livre

In (i)a the quantifier tous immediately precedes the NP les étudiants it quantifies, but in (i)b tous has 'floated' off, as it were, into the sentence. Sportiche (1988) has claimed that tous in examples such as (i)b is stranded in the (VP-internal) D-structure subject position.

Link

Utrecht Lexicon of Linguistics

References

  • Sportiche,D. 1988. A Theory of Floating Quantifiers and its Corrolaries for Constituent Structure, Linquistic Inquiry 19-3.