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The Meaning of More

Alexis Wellwood


This book re-imagines the compositional semantics of comparative constructions with words like “more”. It argues for a revision of one of the fundamental assumptions of the degree semantics framework as applied to such constructions: that gradable adjectives do not lexicalize measure functions (i.e., mappings from individuals or events to degrees). Instead, the degree morphology itself plays the role of degree introduction. The book begins with a careful study of non-canonical comparatives targeting nouns and verbs, and applies the lessons learned there to those targeting adjectives and adverb ... More

Keywords: comparative, measurement, mass/count distinction, telicity, plurality, scales, context-dependence, morphology, ontology, structure preservation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198804659
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198804659.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexis Wellwood, author
Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Linguistics, University of Southern California