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Scale structure, degree modification, and the semantics of gradable predicates

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dc.contributor.author Kennedy, Christopher
dc.contributor.author McNally, Louise, 1965-
dc.date.accessioned 2015-03-03T13:38:45Z
dc.date.available 2015-03-03T13:38:45Z
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier.citation Kennedy C, McNally L. Scale structure, degree modification, and the semantics of gradable predicates. Language. 2005;81(2):345-81. DOI 10.1353/lan.2005.0071.
dc.identifier.issn 0097-8507
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/23158
dc.description In this article we develop a semantic typology of gradable predicates, with special emphasis/non deverbal adjectives. We argue for the linguistic relevance of this typology by demonstrating/nthat the distribution and interpretation of degree modifiers is sensitive to its two major classificatory/nparameters: (1) whether a gradable predicate is associated with what we call an open or closed/nscale,and (2) whether the standard of comparison for the applicability of the predicate is absolute/nor relative to a context. We further show that the classification of an important subclass of/nadjectives with in the typology is largely predictable.Specifically, the scale structure of adeverbal/ngradable adjective correlates either with the algebraic part structure of the event denoted by its/nsource verbor with the part structureof the entitiesto which the adjective applies.These correla-/ntions underscore the fact that gradability is characteristic not only of adjectives but also of verbs/nand nouns, and that scalar properties are shared by categorially distinct but derivationally related/nexpressions.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Linguistic Society of America
dc.relation.ispartof Language. 2005;81(2):345-81
dc.rights © Linguistic Society of America
dc.subject.other Gramàtica comparada i general -- Sintaxi
dc.subject.other Anglès -- Semàntica
dc.title Scale structure, degree modification, and the semantics of gradable predicates
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
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