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The agreement of collective DPS in Romanian

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Abstract

Romanian collective nouns do not allow plural agreement on the verb, unlike in British English. But when a collective noun is used with a partitive quantifier (e.g. <i>o parte din guvern </i>&#8220;part of the government&#8221;), plural agreement is possible. We propose an analysis for partitive quantification, which can account for plural agreement with partitive collectives, as well as with partitive plural DPs (<i>o parte dintre studen&#355;i</i> &#8220;part of the students&#8221;). Our analysis is based on Higginbotham&#8217;s (1994) analysis of mass and plural D-quantifiers. Quantification is construed in terms of amounts of minimal parts; the minimal parts in the denotation of collective nouns are atomic entities. The partitive quantifiers transform a group denoting entity into a sum denoting entity.

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