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That's all
Vincent Homer
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This article studies all in configurations where it gives rise to a smallness inference, for example All John ate for lunch was a banana: this sentence conveys that what John ate for lunch wasn't much. Such configurations offer a new insight in the semantics of all: they reveal that at its core, all is a quantity superlative morpheme. The argument relies on three inferences which are shown to be derivable from the superlative hypothesis: the aforementioned smallness inference, an exhaustivity entailment, and a membership presupposition.

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Proceedings of the 36th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Richard Stockwell, Maura O'Leary, Zhongshi Xu, and Z.L. Zhou
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