Maximality and minimality in comparatives

In this paper, I investigate more closely the contribution of modal operators to the semantics of comparatives and I show that there is no need for a maximality or minimality operator. Following Kratzer s (1981, 1991) an
In this paper, I investigate more closely the contribution of modal operators to the semantics of comparatives and I show that there is no need for a maximality or minimality operator. Following Kratzer s (1981, 1991) analysis of modal elements, I assume that the meaning of a modal sentence is dependent on a conversational background and an ordering source. For comparative environments, I demonstrate that the ordering source reduces a set of possible degrees to a single degree that is most (or least) wanted or expected, i.e., maximality and minimality readings of comparative constructions are an effect of the pragmatic meaning of the modal.
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Author:Cécile Meier
URN:urn:nbn:de:hebis:30-6679
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Date of Publication (online):2005/04/12
Year of first Publication:2002
Publishing Institution:Univ.-Bibliothek Frankfurt am Main
Release Date:2005/04/12
Source:Sixth Annual Meeting of the Gesellschaft für Semantik, University of Osnabrück 2002.
HeBIS PPN:128783923
Institutes:Sprachwissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification:420 Englisch, Altenglisch
Sammlungen:Universitätspublikationen
Licence (German):License Logo Veröffentlichungsvertrag für Publikationen

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