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Alexis Wellwood

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198804659

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198804659.001.0001

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Measurement and degrees

Measurement and degrees

(p.13) 2 Measurement and degrees
The Meaning of More

Alexis Wellwood

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews the motivations (both conceptual and formal) for the degree-based analyses of comparatives generally, and in this way presents the basic details of the semantic framework that the book presupposes. In particular, this chapter establishes the vocabulary of measure functions, degrees, and scales, and sets up the book’s answer to the central question of which expressions introduce measure functions into the compositional semantics. By establishing the central distinction between “measurable” and “non-measurable” domains for predication, this chapter initiates the comparison between standard, lexically-based theories of degree introduction, from the book’s theory in which degrees are uniformly introduced by the comparative morphology itself.

Keywords:   degree semantics, scales, morphology, adjective, adverb, gradability, event semantics, measurement theory, degree constructions

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