The semantics of gradation

  • The term 'gradation' is meant to cover a range of phenomena which for the time being I shall call quantitative evaluations regarding dimensions or features. I shall actually be looking into the principles governing the way gradation is expressed in language. The quantitative aspect of the adjectives of dimension occupies a key position which can be systematically explained and this aspect will be the crucial point of the discussion. I shall focus on the various grammatical forms of comparison: comparative, equative, superlative and some related constructions, and indications of measurement and adverbial indications of degree.

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Author:Manfred Bierwisch
Parent Title (German):Dimensional adjectives : grammatical structure and conceptual interpretation / Manfred Bierwisch, Ewald Lang (eds.) ; Springer series in language and communication ; 26
Place of publication:Berlin [u.a.]
Document Type:Part of a Book
Date of Publication (online):2009/10/13
Year of first Publication:1989
Publishing Institution:Universit├Ątsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2009/10/13
GND Keyword:Lexikologie
Page Number:96
First Page:71
Last Page:261
Source: ; Manfred Bierwisch, Ewald Lang: Dimensional Adjectives. - Berlin: Springer, 1989, S. 71-261
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 40 Sprache / 400 Sprache
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht