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Every Boy Bought Two Sausages Each: Distributivity and Dependent Numerals
Lucas Champollion
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It has been reported that some English speakers accept sentences like Every boy bought two sausages each (Szabolcsi, 2010). Analogous sentences that involve distance-distributive elements in the scope of distributive universals are grammatical in languages like German, Japanese and Korean. This suggests that adnominal each (for the relevant speakers) and its counterparts across languages require covariation with distributive universal quantifiers and other licensors, but that they are not themselves distributive operators, contrary to standard accounts. This paper analyzes two sausages each as a dependent numeral, analogous to dependent indefinites (Farkas, 1997). The analysis is couched in terms of dynamic plural predicate logic with postsuppositions (Brasoveanu, 2013; Henderson, 2014), which is presented in terms of a novel river metaphor.

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Proceedings of the 32nd West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Ulrike Steindl, Thomas Borer, Huilin Fang, Alfredo García Pardo, Peter Guekguezian, Brian Hsu, Charlie O'Hara, and Iris Chuoying Ouyang
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