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Lexical Semantics, Syntax, and Event Structure$
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Malka Rappaport Hovav, Edit Doron, and Ivy Sichel

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199544325

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199544325.001.0001

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Saturated Adjectives, Reified Properties

Saturated Adjectives, Reified Properties

(p.204) 10 Saturated Adjectives, Reified Properties
Lexical Semantics, Syntax, and Event Structure

Idan Landau

Oxford University Press

Evaluative adjectives (e.g. rude, clever) display a systematic alternation, which brings about a cluster of syntactic and semantic changes. The adjectival variants are related by the joint application of two operators: A lexical saturation operator (also seen in verbal passive) and a syntactic reification operator (also seen in nominalization).

Keywords:   evaluative adjectives, saturation, reification, nominalization

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