A probabilistic pragmatics for English singular 'some'

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When English some takes a singular NP, the resulting phrases reliably convey meanings not shared by variants with a(n) or plural NPs. Thus, whereas I met a friend and I met some friends are unmarked, I met some friend is associated with a range of affective meanings, especially speaker lack of interest in the referent. For semantic accounts, choosing some over its competitors is a choice to convey...

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