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Interpreting Bare Nouns: Type-Shifting vs. Silent Heads
Semantics and Linguistic Theory
Bare noun phrases in article-less languages such as Japanese have a variety of interpretations. There are two competing approaches to the semantics of bare noun phrases: one is to appeal to type-shifting to derive various interpretations, and the other is to introduce more structure, i.e., silent determiners. I present an argument against the latter silent-head approach based on the behaviors of phonologically null arguments in Japanese. The silent-head approach has difficulties in explainingdoi:10.3765/salt.v21i0.2605 fatcat:hjc6jfseorcungcojqwwkkklmi