The Logic and Meaning of Plural Constructions of Natural Languages


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Plural constructions of natural languages form an important group of linguistic devices that enriches our expressive power and helps to extend the limits of our thoughts. But contemporary accounts of language have serious difficulties in dealing with their logic and meaning. The difficulties stem from fundamental limitations of traditional frameworks for understanding language, mind, and reality laid out by the main architects of our understanding of logic and language: Aristotle (384-322 BC) and Gottlob Frege (1848-1925). The aim of this study is to develop a post-Fregean framework that contains proper accounts of plural constructions as well as of their singular cousins.