Les quantifieurs flottants sont des attributs quantitatifs totalisants

Translated title of the contribution: Floating quantifiers are totalizing quantitative attributes

Pierre Larrivée

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This paper considers three features of Floating Quantifiers FQ) in French. FQs comprise a larger class of items than is usually recognised; criterial distribution within the verb phrase and adjoined to a relative pronoun apply not only to the equivalents of all and each, but also to only, them both, one another and related items. This extension leads to the question of what properties may be defining the class. The semantic property is that of commenting on the relation between the individual entities and the set of the noun they belong to. Akin to focus particles in this respect, FQs are optional complements. These complements relating semantically to a nominal argument belong to the category of attributive complements. The dissociation between the QF and the noun referred to is the syntactic property of the class. An attributive function with a semantic commentary on the make-up of the nominal set in question defines Floating Quantifiers.
Translated title of the contributionFloating quantifiers are totalizing quantitative attributes
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)119-132
Number of pages14
JournalTravaux de Linguistique
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • floating quantifiers
  • French
  • criterial distribution
  • verb phrase
  • relative pronoun
  • class
  • semantic property
  • noun


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