Volume 37, Issue 1
  • ISSN 0929-7332
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9919



Distributive-share markers such as in German or in Serbian allow for event-distributive readings, where events are distributed over spatio-temporal units, unlike distributive quantifiers such as in English that only allow individual-distributive readings. Some researchers propose that German should be analyzed as a universal event-distributive quantifier. In contrast, other researchers claim distributive share markers (e.g. Serbian ) are simply event plurality markers. We investigated these claims with in two experiments. Experiment 1 tested if both individual and spatial (event) distributive readings are readily available for transitive sentences in German, and if there is an exhaustivity requirement on the restrictor argument. Experiment 2 was designed to force event-distributive readings and further disambiguate the results from Experiment 1. Our findings suggest that seems to be a true universal event quantifier, and highlight that distributive share markers can differ in fundamental features cross-linguistically.


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