Adjectives and Adverbs: Syntax, Semantics, and Discourse

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In this volume leading researchers present new work on the semantics and pragmatics of adjectives and adverbs, and their interfaces with syntax. Its concerns include the semantics of gradability; the relationship between adjectival scales and verbal aspect; the relationship between meaning and the positions of adjectives and adverbs in nominal and verbal projections; and the fine-grained semantics of different subclasses of adverbs and adverbs. Its goals are to provide a comprehensive vision of the linguistically significant structural and interpretive properties of adjectives and adverbs, to highlight the similarities between these two categories, and to signal the importance of a careful and detailed integration of lexical and compositional semantics.

The editors open the book with an overview of current research before introducing and contextualizing the remaining chapters. The work is aimed at scholars and advanced students of syntax, semantics, formal pragmatics, and discourse. It will also appeal to researchers in philosophy, psycholinguistics, and language acquisition interested in the syntax and semantics of adjectives and adverbs.

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"The articles in this book offer an excellent reflection of the current state of the field, even without aiming at comprehensive coverage. All of the authors take great care in laying out their data and applying to them a standard series of tests for grammaticality, distinctness of readings, coherency in discourse, and entailment, reflecting excellent standards of empirical argumentation. Another pleasant feature of the overall collection is that all of the authors develop their analyses against a range of background theories in (minimalist) syntax, (truth-conditional) semantics, and compatible pragmatic frameworks that, though all different in focus, could optimistically be viewed as belonging to one homogeneous paradigm. This allows the reader to contrast hypotheses of different chapters with each other. The differences that at times arise from such comparisons will arouse the reader's interest in the topic."—Regine Eckardt, Language
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Meet the Author

Louise McNally is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. She is the author of The Semantics of the English Existential Construction (Garland, 1997) and co-editor, with Peter Culicover, of Syntax and Semantics 29: The Limits of Syntax (Academic Press, 1998). Her publications include articles on various aspects of adjectival semantics, the compositional semantics of modifiers, and the interface of semantics with syntax and pragmatics.
Christopher Kennedy is Associate Professor of Linguistics, University of Chicago. He is the author of Projecting the Adjective: The Syntax and Semantics of Gradability and Comparison (Garland, 1999) and is a General Editor with Chris Barker of the Oxford series Studies in Semantics and Pragmatics. His publications and research investigate various aspects of scalar meaning and syntax, along with other topics pertaining to the syntax-semantics interface.

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Table of Contents

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1 Introduction Louise McNally McNally, Louise Christopher Kennedy Kennedy, Christopher 1

2 The position of adjectives and other phrasal modifiers in the decomposition of DP Peter Svenonius Svenonius, Peter 16

3 Ezafe and the deep position of nominal modifiers Richard Larson Larson, Richard Hiroko Yamakido Yamakido, Hiroko 43

4 Meaning - form correlations and adjective position in Spanish Violeta Demonte Demonte, Violeta 71

5 Nonrestrictive modifiers in non-parenthetical positions Marcin Morzycki Morzycki, Marcin 101

6 Adjectives and degree modification Jenny Doetjes Doetjes, Jenny 123

7 Measure of change: The adjectival core of degree achievements Christopher Kennedy Kennedy, Christopher Beth Levin Levin, Beth 156

8 Aspectual composition with degrees Christopher Pinon Pinon, Christopher 183

9 Manner modification of state verbs Graham Katz Katz, Graham 220

10 Towards flexible types with constraints for manner and factive adverbs Adam Zachary Wyner Wyner, Adam Zachary 249

11 Lexical semantics and pragmatics of evaluative adverbs Olivier Bonami Bonami, Olivier Daniele Godard Godard, Daniele 274

12 Discourse adjectives Gina Taranto Taranto, Gina 305

Bibliography 329

Index 351

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