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Forces at the interface of gradability and quantification

Proceeding
Authors Elizabeth Coppock
Elizabeth Bogal-Allbritten
ISSN 2163-5951
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.3765/salt.v28i0.4423
Subject categories Linguistics

Abstract

This paper ties together four cross-linguistic generalizations: (i) proportional readings for quantity superlatives are typologically marked; (ii) adverbial superlatives have only relative readings; (iii) quantity superlatives agree in number with the noun on proportional, but not relative readings; (iv) adverbial morphosyntax can be used with quantity superlatives on relative readings. We propose that the commonalities between quantity and adverbial superlatives are due to the fact that comparison is being made among degrees or events rather than individuals, and offer a compositional account.

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