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Projecting the Adjective : The Syntax and Semantics of Gradability and Comparison - Christopher Kennedy

Projecting the Adjective

The Syntax and Semantics of Gradability and Comparison

Hardcover Published: 1st March 1999
ISBN: 9780815333494
Number Of Pages: 264

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Argues that gradable adjectives -- like bright, dense, and short -- denote measure functions, that is functions from objects to abstract representations of measurement, or scales and degrees. Shows how that notion can provide a foundation for principled explanations of a wide range of syntactic and semantic properties of gradable adjectives and the constructions in which they appear, ranging from the syntactic distribution of gradable adjectives to the scopal characteristics of comparatives, and the empirical effects of adjectival polarity.

ISBN: 9780815333494
ISBN-10: 0815333498
Series: Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 1st March 1999
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1