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It has been argued that European Spanish plural indefinite noun phrases including convey a partitive effect because the restrictor provides additional properties. The reason that implicates a “non-all-things” effect is because it refers only to an indeterminate part of the whole. The scope of bare plurals and , in contrast, does not exhibit this characteristic. This article argues that, contrarily to this claim, the scope of bare plurals and also induces partitivity because occurrences of these words include unarticulated constituents. Therefore, European Spanish indefinite noun phrases pragmatically presuppose the relevant part of what the speaker intends to refer, which is also shared by the audience since it is part of the common ground both occupy. Hence, bare plurals and are always contextually restricted, since a covert (optional) variable present in the logical form cannot capture this contextual restriction.


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