This chapter sets up the main thesis of the book, and provides an overview of how each chapter contributes to that thesis. The overarching theme of the book is that expressions of different lexical categories interact semantically with comparative morphology in a uniform fashion, unlike on extant accounts. Any felt differences in the meaning of cross-categorial comparatives (in particular, differences in the selection of measure functions) are attributed to differences in what is talked about (e.g., objects, substances, events, processes, states, etc.) rather than deep dissimilarities in the semantic type of the lexical categories targeted in the construction.
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