Here hills and vales, the woodland and the plain,

Here earth and water seem to strive again,

Not chaos-like together crushed and bruised,

But, as the world, harmoniously confused:

Where order in variety we see,

And where, though all things differ, all agree.

        (Alexander Pope, Windsor Forest 1713)

It has become commonplace in semantic theorizing to argue that the semantic representation of certain linguistic expressions contains covert elements in addition to what is contributed by the overt linguistic material. Theorists have pursued this strategy with respect to a wide range of constructions in a wide range of languages. A small sample of such expression types in English would include comparative adjectives (covert delineation of comparison), quantifiers (covert domain restriction) and event reports (covert location/time indexes).


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