Three Readings of Most
Author(s)Kotek, Hadas; Sudo, Yasutada; Howard, Edwin Martin; Hackl, Martin
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In this paper we show that most DPs in subject position can receive three kinds of truth-condition, yielding a proportional reading, a ‘regular’ superlative reading and a ‘partition-based’ superlative reading. We propose an analysis of the three readings that views them as resulting from the interaction of several components, including (a generalized version of) the superlative operator -est, covert and overt movement, and focus. Furthermore, we explain how movement affects the distribution of readings of most.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Linguistics and Philosophy
Linguistic Society of America
Kotek, Hadas et al. "Three Readings of Most." SALT Proceedings, May 2011, New Brunswick, New Jersey, Linguistic Society of America, September 2011.
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